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)
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81,210 utenti
1,372 recensioni
½ 4.4
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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.
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25,880 utenti
256 recensioni
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6 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it
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95,913 utenti
1,196 recensioni
½ 4.3
5 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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hipdeep: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
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9,298 utenti
298 recensioni
4.1
5 Members
Aquila, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
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83,077 utenti
1,286 recensioni
4.2
5 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
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37,177 utenti
454 recensioni
3.9
5 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963
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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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54,720 utenti
1,011 recensioni
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5 Members
hipdeep, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: It was a pleasure to burn.
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25,166 utenti
532 recensioni
½ 4.3
4 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, ahef1963
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hipdeep: This is my favorite book in all the world, though I've never read it.
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25,195 utenti
527 recensioni
4.1
3 Members
hipdeep, merrystar, ahef1963
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hipdeep: Marley was dead, to begin with.
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43,628 utenti
517 recensioni
3.9
4 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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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.
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44,574 utenti
709 recensioni
4.1
4 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: All this happened, more or less.
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21,037 utenti
616 recensioni
4.2
3 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
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19,404 utenti
348 recensioni
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4 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board.
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44,932 utenti
692 recensioni
4.2
3 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963
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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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39,003 utenti
627 recensioni
4.1
3 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
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35,982 utenti
537 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Call me Ishmael.
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10,002 utenti
433 recensioni
3.9
2 Members
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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70,220 utenti
1,083 recensioni
3.8
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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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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28,474 utenti
506 recensioni
4
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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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.
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16,178 utenti
389 recensioni
4
2 Members
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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7,740 utenti
115 recensioni
3.9
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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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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73,175 utenti
1,167 recensioni
3.8
3 Members
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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21,447 utenti
216 recensioni
½ 3.7
3 Members
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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21,335 utenti
279 recensioni
4.1
3 Members
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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30,994 utenti
447 recensioni
4.1
3 Members
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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23,218 utenti
407 recensioni
3.9
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: 124 was spiteful.
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19,301 utenti
338 recensioni
3.9
3 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, ahef1963
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Aquila: All children, except one, grow up.
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35,960 utenti
505 recensioni
3.9
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Mother died today.
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4,851 utenti
114 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: This is the saddest story I have ever heard.
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8,585 utenti
256 recensioni
½ 3.5
3 Members
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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9,621 utenti
217 recensioni
½ 3.6
3 Members
Aquila, aethercowboy, ahef1963
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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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8,054 utenti
165 recensioni
4
3 Members
hipdeep, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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hipdeep: Taran wanted to make a sword, but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes.
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10,836 utenti
244 recensioni
4
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: In the town, there were two mutes and they were always together.
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5,864 utenti
111 recensioni
4.1
2 Members
ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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ManWithAnAgenda: My wound is geography.
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20,034 utenti
338 recensioni
4.1
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: You better not never tell nobody but God.
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20,966 utenti
326 recensioni
3.9
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aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
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6,301 utenti
118 recensioni
4.1
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: I have never begun a novel with more misgiving.
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6,605 utenti
171 recensioni
3.9
3 Members
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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23,603 utenti
300 recensioni
½ 3.6
3 Members
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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17,971 utenti
330 recensioni
4.2
3 Members
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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12,208 utenti
141 recensioni
½ 3.7
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: "To be born again," sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, "first you have to die."
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23,299 utenti
376 recensioni
3.9
2 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
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1,768 utenti
56 recensioni
4
2 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.
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32,054 utenti
559 recensioni
4.1
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.
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26,915 utenti
404 recensioni
4
2 Members
Aquila, ahef1963
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Aquila: "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents."
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783 utenti
33 recensioni
½ 3.4
2 Members
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.
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5,397 utenti
58 recensioni
3.9
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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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.
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16,440 utenti
210 recensioni
4
2 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: I am an invisible man.
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119 utenti
3 recensioni
½ 3.7
Member
Macbeth
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Macbeth: I blame the Pope
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20,157 utenti
237 recensioni
4
2 Members
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.
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22,292 utenti
168 recensioni
½ 3.7
2 Members
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, [...]
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18,712 utenti
311 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
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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12,671 utenti
258 recensioni
4.1
2 Members
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.
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2,357 utenti
40 recensioni
4
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
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566 utenti
18 recensioni
½ 3.5
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Dr. Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature.
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2,403 utenti
80 recensioni
½ 4.3
2 Members
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?
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11,110 utenti
195 recensioni
½ 3.7
2 Members
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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24,419 utenti
337 recensioni
4
2 Members
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.
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10,770 utenti
172 recensioni
3.9
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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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.
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1,459 utenti
33 recensioni
½ 3.7
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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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.
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17,481 utenti
224 recensioni
4
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.
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14,494 utenti
193 recensioni
4
2 Members
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.
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12,760 utenti
221 recensioni
3.9
2 Members
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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11,300 utenti
181 recensioni
4.2
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: For a long time, I went to bed early.
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31,133 utenti
501 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
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.
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10,869 utenti
142 recensioni
4.1
Member
aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: A screaming comes across the sky.
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791 utenti
9 recensioni
3.8
Member
ManWithAnAgenda
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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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27,345 utenti
632 recensioni
4.1
2 Members
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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9,162 utenti
115 recensioni
½ 3.7
2 Members
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.
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22,698 utenti
246 recensioni
½ 3.7
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains.
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3,588 utenti
77 recensioni
½ 3.5
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Vaughan died yesterday in his last car-crash.
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465 utenti
18 recensioni
3.9
Member
ManWithAnAgenda
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ManWithAnAgenda: I am thirty years old and that is nothing.
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9,271 utenti
167 recensioni
4.2
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles) who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my friends and relatives and associates as "Claudius the Idiot," or "That Claudius," or "Claudius the Stammerer," or "Clau-Clau-Claudius" or at best as "Poor Uncle Claudius," am now about to write this strange history of my life; starting from my earliest childhood and continuing year by year until I reach the fateful point of change where, some eight years ago, at the age of fifty-one, I suddenly found myself caught in what I may call the "golden predicament" from which I have never since become disentangled.
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9,166 utenti
163 recensioni
3.9
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space
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11,360 utenti
128 recensioni
½ 3.4
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting.
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10,932 utenti
125 recensioni
3.9
Member
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.
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5,746 utenti
352 recensioni
4.1
Member
Aquila
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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.
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4,745 utenti
190 recensioni
4.1
Member
Aquila
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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.
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133 utenti
4 recensioni
3.9
Member
Aquila
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Aquila: Hal was not yet a prince when she fell in love with Lady Hotspur, but she would be within the hour.
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842 utenti
30 recensioni
½ 3.7
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Aquila
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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.
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9,006 utenti
153 recensioni
4.2
Member
hipdeep
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hipdeep: I am old now, and have not much to fear from the anger of gods.
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1,907 utenti
43 recensioni
3.9
Member
Aquila
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Aquila: The note said: someone in this class is a witch.
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10,867 utenti
264 recensioni
4.1
Member
Aquila
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Aquila: There was a wall.
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2,553 utenti
45 recensioni
3.9
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Aquila
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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.
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4,945 utenti
121 recensioni
½ 3.7
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Aquila
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Aquila: I had this story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other.
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1,677 utenti
25 recensioni
3.8
Member
aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.
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1,289 utenti
82 recensioni
½ 3.5
Member
hipdeep
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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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244 utenti
4 recensioni
3.8
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hipdeep
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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.
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4,974 utenti
427 recensioni
3.8
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hipdeep
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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."
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102 utenti
1 recensione
4
Member
aethercowboy
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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.
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4,083 utenti
81 recensioni
½ 3.6
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aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu.
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12,754 utenti
155 recensioni
4.1
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aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: I am a sick man . . . I am a spiteful man.
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592 utenti
10 recensioni
4
Member
aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: Where now? Who now? When now?
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2,386 utenti
104 recensioni
3.8
Member
hipdeep
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hipdeep: Dirk Moeller didn't know if he could fart his way into a major diplomatic incident.
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452 utenti
3 recensioni
3.1
Member
aethercowboy
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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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623 utenti
11 recensioni
½ 3.6
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aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: In a sense, I am Jacob Horner.
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1,332 utenti
28 recensioni
½ 3.7
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aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: It was like so, but wasn't.
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1,398 utenti
19 recensioni
4.2
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aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: —Money . . . in a voice that rustled.
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4,950 utenti
50 recensioni
3.8
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aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: They shoot the white girl first.
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194 utenti
2 recensioni
½ 3.4
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aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: The moment one learns English, complications set in.