Best First Lines

Descrizione
Novels that have excellent or memorable first lines. Started from American Book Review's 100 Best First Lines from Novels (http://americanbookreview.org/100bestlines.asp)
Utenti
7 utenti hanno contribuito
1
73,950 utenti
1,285 recensioni
½ 4.4
5 membri
Aquila, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
2
22,806 utenti
231 recensioni
4
6 membri
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it
3
86,399 utenti
1,134 recensioni
½ 4.3
4 membri
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, ahef1963
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hipdeep: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
4
8,715 utenti
285 recensioni
4.1
5 membri
Aquila, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
5
75,608 utenti
1,200 recensioni
4.2
5 membri
Aquila, hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
6
33,958 utenti
433 recensioni
3.9
5 membri
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: 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.
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49,265 utenti
932 recensioni
4
5 membri
hipdeep, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: It was a pleasure to burn.
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23,356 utenti
512 recensioni
½ 4.3
4 membri
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, ahef1963
Spiegazioni
hipdeep: This is my favorite book in all the world, though I've never read it.
9
22,041 utenti
459 recensioni
4.1
3 membri
hipdeep, merrystar, ahef1963
Spiegazioni
hipdeep: Marley was dead, to begin with.
10
40,164 utenti
500 recensioni
3.9
4 membri
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter.
11
41,374 utenti
658 recensioni
4.1
4 membri
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: All this happened, more or less.
12
18,995 utenti
565 recensioni
4.2
3 membri
Aquila, hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
13
17,539 utenti
324 recensioni
4
4 membri
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board.
14
41,782 utenti
646 recensioni
4.2
3 membri
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: 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.
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35,626 utenti
598 recensioni
4.1
3 membri
Aquila, hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
16
32,461 utenti
506 recensioni
3.8
2 membri
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Call me Ishmael.
17
8,296 utenti
393 recensioni
3.9
2 membri
ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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ManWithAnAgenda: No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.
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64,970 utenti
1,028 recensioni
3.8
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
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26,018 utenti
462 recensioni
4
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.
20
7,286 utenti
108 recensioni
3.9
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me; had they duly considered how much depended upon what they were then doing;—that not only the production of a rational Being was concerned in it, but that possibly the happy formation and temperature of his body, perhaps his genius and the very cast of his mind;—and, for aught they knew to the contrary, even the fortunes of his whole house might take their turn from the humours and dispositions which were then uppermost:—Had they duly weighed and considered all this, and proceeded accordingly,—I am verily persuaded I should have made a quite different figure in the world, from that, in which the reader is likely to see me.
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14,489 utenti
354 recensioni
4
2 membri
Aquila, hipdeep
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Aquila: I’ll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination.
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66,426 utenti
1,083 recensioni
3.9
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
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19,953 utenti
199 recensioni
½ 3.7
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo.
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19,387 utenti
247 recensioni
4.1
3 membri
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
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28,116 utenti
404 recensioni
4.1
3 membri
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing.
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21,111 utenti
388 recensioni
3.9
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: 124 was spiteful.
27
16,811 utenti
299 recensioni
3.9
3 membri
Aquila, hipdeep, ahef1963
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Aquila: All children, except one, grow up.
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33,080 utenti
472 recensioni
3.9
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Mother died today.
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4,510 utenti
97 recensioni
3.8
2 membri
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: This is the saddest story I have ever heard.
30
7,851 utenti
234 recensioni
½ 3.6
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did.
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8,976 utenti
203 recensioni
½ 3.6
3 membri
Aquila, aethercowboy, ahef1963
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.
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10,132 utenti
228 recensioni
4
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: In the town, there were two mutes and they were always together.
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5,550 utenti
103 recensioni
4.1
2 membri
ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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ManWithAnAgenda: My wound is geography.
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18,231 utenti
320 recensioni
4.1
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: You better not never tell nobody but God.
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19,010 utenti
308 recensioni
3.9
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
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5,830 utenti
111 recensioni
4.1
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: I have never begun a novel with more misgiving.
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6,151 utenti
163 recensioni
4
3 membri
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.
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22,648 utenti
302 recensioni
½ 3.6
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: I was born in the Year 1632, in the City of York, of a good Family, tho' not of that Country, my Father being a Foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull; He got a good Estate by Merchandise, and leaving off his Trade, lived afterward at York, from whence he had married my Mother, whose Relations were named Robinson, a very good Family in that Country, and from whom I was called Robinson Kreutznaer; but by the usual Corruption of Words in England, we are now called, nay we call our selves, and write our Name Crusoe, and so my Companions always call'd me.
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16,513 utenti
312 recensioni
4.2
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.
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11,270 utenti
131 recensioni
3.8
3 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: "To be born again," sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, "first you have to die."
41
21,783 utenti
351 recensioni
3.9
2 membri
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
42
1,649 utenti
49 recensioni
4
2 membri
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.
43
29,899 utenti
531 recensioni
4.1
2 membri
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.
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25,622 utenti
400 recensioni
4
2 membri
Aquila, ahef1963
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Aquila: "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents."
45
713 utenti
30 recensioni
½ 3.4
2 membri
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: The Miss Lonelyhearts of the New York Post-Dispatch (Are you in trouble?—Do-you-need-advice?—Write-to-Miss-Lonelyhearts-and-she-will-help-you) sat at his desk and stared at a piece of white cardboard.
46
4,949 utenti
54 recensioni
3.9
2 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.
47
15,062 utenti
192 recensioni
4
2 membri
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: I am an invisible man.
48
112 utenti
3 recensioni
3.8
Utente
Macbeth
Spiegazioni
Macbeth: I blame the Pope
49
18,727 utenti
223 recensioni
4
2 membri
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.
50
20,532 utenti
157 recensioni
½ 3.7
2 membri
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, [...]
51
16,747 utenti
290 recensioni
3.8
2 membri
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were being scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.
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11,670 utenti
241 recensioni
4.1
2 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a traveler.
53
7,271 utenti
151 recensioni
4
2 membri
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: Taran wanted to make a sword, but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes.
54
2,130 utenti
36 recensioni
4
2 membri
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
55
526 utenti
17 recensioni
½ 3.5
2 membri
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Dr. Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature.
56
2,032 utenti
71 recensioni
½ 4.3
2 membri
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: I don't know what I should talk about - about death or about love? Or are they the same?
57
10,381 utenti
185 recensioni
½ 3.7
2 membri
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: One summer afternoon Mrs. Oedipa Maas came home from a Tupperware party whose hostess had put perhaps too much kirsch in the fondue to find that she, Oedipa, had been named executor, or she supposed executrix, of the estate of one Pierce Inverarity, a California real estate mogul who had once lost two million dollars in his spare time but still had assets numerous and tangled enough to make the job of sorting it all out more than honorary.
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22,466 utenti
323 recensioni
4
2 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.
59
9,736 utenti
159 recensioni
3.9
2 membri
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: He—for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it—was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters.
60
1,361 utenti
33 recensioni
½ 3.7
2 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: 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.
61
16,151 utenti
216 recensioni
4
2 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.
62
13,621 utenti
181 recensioni
4.1
2 membri
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.
63
11,145 utenti
183 recensioni
3.9
2 membri
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.
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10,280 utenti
165 recensioni
4.2
2 membri
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: For a long time, I went to bed early.
65
28,312 utenti
468 recensioni
3.8
2 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
66
10,095 utenti
135 recensioni
4.1
Utente
aethercowboy
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: A screaming comes across the sky.
67
728 utenti
9 recensioni
3.8
Utente
ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
ManWithAnAgenda: The telephone bell was ringing wildly, but without result, since there was no-one in the room but the corpse.
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26,129 utenti
612 recensioni
4.1
2 membri
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.
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8,491 utenti
110 recensioni
½ 3.7
2 membri
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: He was an inch, perhaps two, under six feet, powerfully built, and he advanced straight at you with a slight stoop of the shoulders, head forward, and a fixed from-under stare which made you think of a charging bull.
70
394 utenti
18 recensioni
3.9
Utente
ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
ManWithAnAgenda: I am thirty years old and that is nothing.
71
10,471 utenti
123 recensioni
3.9
Utente
ManWithAnAgenda
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ManWithAnAgenda: Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
72
4,079 utenti
277 recensioni
4.1
Utente
Aquila
Spiegazioni
Aquila: I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites.
73
2,976 utenti
134 recensioni
4.1
Utente
Aquila
Spiegazioni
Aquila: In the myriadic year of our lord—the ten thousandth year of the King Undying, the kindly Prince of Death!—Gideon Nav packed her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and she escaped from the House of the Ninth.
74
85 utenti
3 recensioni
3.8
Utente
Aquila
Spiegazioni
Aquila: Hal was not yet a prince when she fell in love with Lady Hotspur, but she would be within the hour.
75
562 utenti
16 recensioni
½ 3.7
Utente
Aquila
Spiegazioni
Aquila: The wind came into the house from the Sound, and it blew Daisy and me around her East Egg mansion like puffs of dandelion seeds, like foam, like a pair of young woman in white dresses who had no cares to weigh them down.
76
8,065 utenti
151 recensioni
4.2
Utente
hipdeep
Spiegazioni
hipdeep: I am old now, and have not much to fear from the anger of gods.
77
1,765 utenti
44 recensioni
3.9
Utente
Aquila
Spiegazioni
Aquila: The note said: someone in this class is a witch.
78
9,771 utenti
243 recensioni
4.1
Utente
Aquila
Spiegazioni
Aquila: There was a wall.
79
2,299 utenti
42 recensioni
3.9
Utente
Aquila
Spiegazioni
Aquila: Apart from the one in the church tower, there were five clocks in the village that kept reasonable time, and my father owned one of them.
80
4,613 utenti
113 recensioni
½ 3.7
Utente
Aquila
Spiegazioni
Aquila: I had this story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other.
81
1,542 utenti
24 recensioni
3.8
Utente
aethercowboy
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.
82
1,080 utenti
72 recensioni
½ 3.5
Utente
hipdeep
Spiegazioni
hipdeep: Once upon a time on a small, watery, excitable planet called Earth, in a small, watery, excitable country called Italy, a soft-spoken, rather nice-looking gentleman by the name of Enrico Fermi was born into a family so overprotective that he felt compelled to invent the atomic bomb.
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218 utenti
3 recensioni
½ 3.7
Utente
hipdeep
Spiegazioni
hipdeep: My old eighth-grade teacher, Miss Maggie Doubloon, said she was half Spanish, half French, and half Irish, a plethora of halves not entirely unnoticed by some of the brighter pupils.
84
2,176 utenti
99 recensioni
3.9
Utente
hipdeep
Spiegazioni
hipdeep: Dirk Moeller didn't know if he could fart his way into a major diplomatic incident.
85
4,362 utenti
400 recensioni
3.8
Utente
hipdeep
Spiegazioni
hipdeep: From the top of the large boulder he sat on, Ensign Tom Davis looked across the expanse of the cave toward Captain Lucius Abernathy, Science Officer Q'eeng, and Chief Engineer Paul West and thought, "Well, this sucks."
86
98 utenti
1 recensione
4
Utente
aethercowboy
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
87
3,909 utenti
78 recensioni
½ 3.6
Utente
aethercowboy
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu.
88
11,487 utenti
142 recensioni
4.1
Utente
aethercowboy
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: I am a sick man . . . I am a spiteful man.
89
522 utenti
9 recensioni
3.9
Utente
aethercowboy
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: Where now? Who now? When now?
90
406 utenti
2 recensioni
3.2
Utente
aethercowboy
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: Once an angry man dragged his father along the ground through his own orchard. "Stop!" cried the groaning old man at last, "Stop! I did not drag my father beyond this tree."
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591 utenti
10 recensioni
½ 3.6
Utente
aethercowboy
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: In a sense, I am Jacob Horner.
92
1,265 utenti
25 recensioni
3.8
Utente
aethercowboy
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: It was like so, but wasn't.
93
1,263 utenti
17 recensioni
4.2
Utente
aethercowboy
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: —Money . . . in a voice that rustled.
94
4,501 utenti
45 recensioni
3.8
Utente
aethercowboy
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: They shoot the white girl first.
95
176 utenti
2 recensioni
½ 3.5
Utente
aethercowboy
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: The moment one learns English, complications set in.
96
7,423 utenti
127 recensioni
4.2
Utente
aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: I was the shadow of the waxwing slain By the false azure in the windowpane;
97
218 utenti
6 recensioni
½ 3.5
Utente
aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: Ages ago, Alex, Allen and Alva arrived at Antibes, and Alva allowing all, allowing anyone, against Alex's admonition, against Allen's angry assertion: another African amusement . . . anyhow, as all argued, an awesome African army assembled and arduously advanced against an African anthill, assiduously annihilating ant after ant, and afterward, Alex astonishingly accuses Albert as also accepting Africa's antipodal ant annexation.
98
3,065 utenti
58 recensioni
4
Utente
aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: It was the day my grandmother exploded.
99
1,430 utenti
43 recensioni
4
Utente
aethercowboy
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: Elmer Gantry was drunk.
100
2,072 utenti
39 recensioni
3.9
Utente
aethercowboy
Spiegazioni
aethercowboy: We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall.