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February 06, 2012

The Best of Opening Lines

Opening lines are important; they hook us by catching our interest and reel us in to continue a fascinating story. We all have favorite opening lines from our most loved novels so I thought it would be a good idea to feature some of the most popular opening lines in literature. Enjoy!
  1. “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude
  2. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” - Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities
  3. “It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not.” - Paul Auster - City of Glass
I look forward to sharing a few more with you next time! :)