This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
Suggested by: Nithin
Here’s another idea about memorable first lines from books.
What are your favourite first sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of its first sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the first line?
When I first saw this question, I wasn’t going to participate. WHO CAN REMEMBER THE FIRST LINE OF A BOOK? Seriously?! Other than maybe Stephen King’s famous first line. You can’t use that as an answer.
But I thought, what the heck, I’ll go grab a couple of books and see if any first lines are particularly compelling. And wouldn’t you know it, I came up with one particularly good first line from Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True:
On the afternoon of October 12, 1990, my twin brother Thomas entered the Three Rivers, Connecticut Public Library, retreated to one of the rear study carrels, and prayed to God the sacrifice he was about to commit would be deemed acceptable.
If you haven’t read the book, Thomas doesn’t kill anyone. I won’t tell you anymore except that this should be on your top list of books to read.
What are you still doing here? GO BUY THE BOOK!
The other questions asked about whether I liked a book specially because of its first sentence? No. That’s silly. Or a book that I didn’t like but still remember simply because of the first line? No. That’s silly too.
I would love to get some answers to my question above, by the way. Because really? Remembering the first line of a book? ????