Books With Our Favorite First Lines

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Giugno 2023 (see all)
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First impressions are powerful, and the first lines of the books we read can pack quite a punch. Our List of the Month this June is devoted to the books with our favorite first lines. Each participant may vote on ten titles. Please do not downvote titles, as judgment in these matters is subjective.
1
81,349 utenti
1,372 recensioni
½ 4.4
25 Members
rosalita, anglemark, LadyUndomiel, magnetgrrl, mldg, dewasus1, lizzy50usa, saskia17, amanda4242, merrystar, victoriapeak, sturlington, kleh, susanbooks, michigantrumpet, ahef1963, AbigailAdams26, barefootsong, asiralh, Boand, steller0707, teesamai, loulourevisited, PeanutNoir, PureChaos
Spiegazioni
amanda4242: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
2
95,258 utenti
1,195 recensioni
½ 4.3
3
20,888 utenti
617 recensioni
4.2
4
36,945 utenti
457 recensioni
3.9
17 Members
LadyUndomiel, paradoxosalpha, lahochstetler, dewasus1, PitcherBooks, merrystar, kleh, perennialreader, Tess_W, Boand, CharlesTheB, TMCTX, Tosta, HH_Library, loulourevisited, PeanutNoir, PureChaos
Spiegazioni
paradoxosalpha: 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, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
5
82,564 utenti
1,277 recensioni
4.2
16 Members
lorax, Cecilturtle, paradoxosalpha, kleo, sturlington, souloftherose, susanbooks, katemcangus, al.vick, ahef1963, AntonioGallo, asiralh, steller0707, CharlesTheB, tekitora, PureChaos
Spiegazioni
al.vick: "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
AntonioGallo: Phrases such as "Big Brother is watching you" and "doublethink" have entered the lexicon and are often used to describe similar situations in modern times.
6
39,038 utenti
724 recensioni
4.2
16 Members
LadyUndomiel, paradoxosalpha, yoyogod, abbottthomas, elenchus, Porua, al.vick, ahef1963, kristilabrie, timetunnel, SandraArdnas, asiralh, steller0707, DoomLuz, PeanutNoir, PureChaos
Spiegazioni
al.vick: "Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun."
7
25,701 utenti
260 recensioni
4
16 Members
scampus, LadyUndomiel, sharder, lizzy50usa, saskia17, amanda4242, masterdeski, merrystar, sturlington, EMS_24, al.vick, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda, asiralh, steller0707, slimikin
Spiegazioni
ManWithAnAgenda: There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it
8
24,983 utenti
528 recensioni
4.1
9
54,352 utenti
1,006 recensioni
4
10
38,741 utenti
633 recensioni
4.1
13 Members
Cecilturtle, LadyUndomiel, lahochstetler, dewasus1, saskia17, Cecrow, PitcherBooks, kleh, perennialreader, katemcangus, Tess_W, CharlesTheB, HH_Library
Spiegazioni
perennialreader: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
11
9,248 utenti
296 recensioni
4.1
12
2,348 utenti
39 recensioni
4
12 Members
anglemark, pitjrw, abbottthomas, dewasus1, elenchus, victoriapeak, kleh, RBeffa, susanbooks, Boand, steller0707, loulourevisited
Spiegazioni
susanbooks: The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.
13
9,884 utenti
433 recensioni
3.9
10 Members
rosalita, pitjrw, sturlington, Porua, ahef1963, msemmag, ManWithAnAgenda, asiralh, steller0707, DoomLuz
Spiegazioni
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.
14
23,170 utenti
380 recensioni
3.9
9 Members
hipdeep, kleo, GuyMontag, Cecrow, elenchus, souloftherose, vwinsloe, timetunnel, Mguod
Spiegazioni
Cecrow: "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."
15
15,225 utenti
138 recensioni
½ 3.5
8 Members
paradoxosalpha, pitjrw, elenchus, kleh, susanbooks, ahef1963, elahrairah, PureChaos
Spiegazioni
susanbooks: A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism.
16
39,842 utenti
963 recensioni
4
8 Members
Aquila, Cecilturtle, LadyUndomiel, dewasus1, masterdeski, TMCTX, Tosta, PureChaos
Spiegazioni
Aquila: "It was a dark and stormy night."
17
19,129 utenti
326 recensioni
3.9
7 Members
scampus, dewasus1, saskia17, Tess_W, al.vick, AbigailAdams26, barefootsong
Spiegazioni
AbigailAdams26: “All children, except one, grow up."
18
44,691 utenti
699 recensioni
4.2
6 Members
lorax, pitjrw, kleo, perennialreader, SandraArdnas, CharlesTheB
Spiegazioni
SandraArdnas: 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. (...) The world was so recent that many things lacked names
19
24,165 utenti
213 recensioni
4.1
6 Members
paradoxosalpha, magnetgrrl, elenchus, AntonioGallo, barefootsong, slimikin
Spiegazioni
paradoxosalpha: When I had journeyed half of our life's way, I found myself within a shadowed forest, for I had lost the path that does not stray.
AntonioGallo: I prefer "Inferno" since it is known for its exploration of moral and ethical issues. Dante uses the sins and punishments of the various characters to comment on the nature of sin, justice, and divine retribution. This gives the book a timeless quality that continues to resonate with readers today. Life, sometimes, is just like Inferno
20
28,282 utenti
506 recensioni
4
6 Members
lahochstetler, susanbooks, msemmag, ManWithAnAgenda, Tosta, HH_Library
Spiegazioni
ManWithAnAgenda: It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.
21
5,647 utenti
355 recensioni
4.1
5 Members
lizzy50usa, souloftherose, asiralh, Tosta, slimikin
Spiegazioni
souloftherose: "I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module..."
22
20,586 utenti
559 recensioni
4.1
5 Members
lahochstetler, sturlington, msemmag, teesamai, jsclar
Spiegazioni
sturlington: The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.
23
18,625 utenti
1,271 recensioni
4.1
5 Members
saskia17, flying_monkeys, msjudy, Tosta, HH_Library
Spiegazioni
saskia17: The circus arrives without warning.
24
44,256 utenti
710 recensioni
4.1
5 Members
rosalita, elenchus, ahef1963, SandraArdnas, Tosta
Spiegazioni
SandraArdnas: All this happened, more or less.
25
23,992 utenti
989 recensioni
4.2
5 Members
chin2chin, masterdeski, Tess_W, al.vick, HH_Library
Spiegazioni
al.vick: Prologue: "People disappear all the time."
26
36,392 utenti
1,027 recensioni
4.2
27
35,732 utenti
545 recensioni
3.8
5 Members
Cecrow, CharlesTheB, Tosta, HH_Library, loulourevisited
Spiegazioni
Cecrow: "Call me Ishmael."
28
25,035 utenti
533 recensioni
½ 4.3
5 Members
paradoxosalpha, merrystar, al.vick, ahef1963, PureChaos
Spiegazioni
al.vick: "This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it."
29
12,616 utenti
260 recensioni
4.1
4 Members
anglemark, msemmag, CharlesTheB, kay.emme
Spiegazioni
anglemark: "You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, 'If on a winter's night a traveler'."
30
18,355 utenti
1,253 recensioni
½ 4.3
4 Members
al.vick, timetunnel, HH_Library, PatrickBenner
Spiegazioni
al.vick: "I'm pretty much fucked."
31
5,255 utenti
100 recensioni
3.9
4 Members
otori, kleh, perennialreader, loulourevisited
Spiegazioni
otori: “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”
perennialreader: I had a Farm in Africa.
32
10,804 utenti
125 recensioni
3.9
4 Members
PitcherBooks, EMS_24, ManWithAnAgenda, Boand
Spiegazioni
ManWithAnAgenda: Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
33
21,794 utenti
421 recensioni
3.8
4 Members
amanda4242, susanbooks, barefootsong, slimikin
Spiegazioni
amanda4242: "No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine."
34
22,976 utenti
497 recensioni
3.8
3 Members
scampus, ianreads, sturlington
Spiegazioni
sturlington: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.
35
483 utenti
12 recensioni
3.8
4 Members
paradoxosalpha, magnetgrrl, yoyogod, elenchus
Spiegazioni
yoyogod: The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
36
4,622 utenti
187 recensioni
4.1
3 Members
Aquila, msemmag, asiralh
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."
37
13,593 utenti
207 recensioni
½ 4.3
4 Members
scampus, elenchus, susanbooks, ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
susanbooks: Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.
38
16,075 utenti
386 recensioni
4
3 Members
Aquila, msemmag, DoomLuz
Spiegazioni
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."
39
40,336 utenti
384 recensioni
4
3 Members
anglemark, sharder, loulourevisited
Spiegazioni
anglemark: μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος / οὐλομένην, ἣ μυρί᾽ Ἀχαιοῖς ἄλγε᾽ ἔθηκε
40
36,422 utenti
744 recensioni
4.1
3 Members
sharder, barefootsong, Mark.Milton
Spiegazioni
barefootsong: "Lyra and her dæmon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen."
41
3,225 utenti
60 recensioni
4
3 Members
lorax, anglemark, Boand
Spiegazioni
anglemark: "It was the day my grandmother exploded."
42
35,726 utenti
511 recensioni
3.9
3 Members
Cecilturtle, Boand, CharlesTheB
Spiegazioni
Cecilturtle: Aujourd'hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas.
43
11,214 utenti
183 recensioni
4.2
3 Members
Cecilturtle, kleh, susanbooks
Spiegazioni
susanbooks: For a long time I used to go to bed early.
44
5,128 utenti
148 recensioni
4
3 Members
anglemark, kristilabrie, msemmag
Spiegazioni
kristilabrie: "Have you ever tasted a Whitstable oyster?"
45
5,242 utenti
105 recensioni
½ 4.5
3 Members
hipdeep, EerierIdyllMeme, lahochstetler
Spiegazioni
EerierIdyllMeme: On the copyright page: "This is a very dull page. What is on the next page?"
46
11,363 utenti
157 recensioni
4.1
3 Members
saskia17, PitcherBooks, merrystar
Spiegazioni
saskia17: Everything starts somewhere, though many physicists disagree.
47
5,803 utenti
75 recensioni
3.9
2 Members
vwinsloe, SandraArdnas
Spiegazioni
vwinsloe: "If this typewriter can't do it, then fuck it, it can't be done."
48
17,638 utenti
425 recensioni
½ 4.3
3 Members
merrystar, sturlington, ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
sturlington: There was once a boy named Milo who didn't know what to do with himself—not just sometimes, but always.
49
6,448 utenti
164 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
scampus, merrystar
Spiegazioni
merrystar: If you want to find Cherry Tree Lane, all you have to do is ask the policeman at the crossroad.
50
3,766 utenti
75 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
SavvyScot, amanda4242
Spiegazioni
amanda4242: "to wound the autumnal city."
51
19,285 utenti
348 recensioni
4
2 Members
saskia17, DoomLuz
Spiegazioni
saskia17: Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board.
52
21,206 utenti
282 recensioni
4.1
2 Members
msjudy, PeanutNoir
Spiegazioni
PeanutNoir: "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."
53
2,120 utenti
22 recensioni
4
2 Members
victoriapeak, RBeffa
Spiegazioni
RBeffa: I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.
54
1,276 utenti
82 recensioni
½ 3.5
2 Members
LadyUndomiel, asiralh
Spiegazioni
asiralh: “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 young gentleman by the name of Enrico Fermi was born into a family so overprotective that he felt compelled to invent the atomic bomb.”
55
18,553 utenti
310 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, fvenez
Spiegazioni
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.
56
10,364 utenti
285 recensioni
4
2 Members
rosalita, abbottthomas
Spiegazioni
abbottthomas: It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills.
57
1,159 utenti
22 recensioni
3.9
2 Members
paradoxosalpha, SandraArdnas
Spiegazioni
paradoxosalpha: There were angels in the glass, two four six many of them, each one shuffling into his place in line like an alderman at the Lord Mayor's show.
58
52,431 utenti
709 recensioni
3.9
2 Members
tina1969, Tess_W
Spiegazioni
Tess_W: “I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.”
59
4,819 utenti
116 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, pitjrw
Spiegazioni
hipdeep: This is the saddest story I have ever heard.
60
1,421 utenti
176 recensioni
4.1
2 Members
otori, vwinsloe
Spiegazioni
vwinsloe: "He began to die when he was twenty-one, but tuberculosis is slow and sly and subtle."
61
686 utenti
11 recensioni
4.2
2 Members
anglemark, slimikin
Spiegazioni
anglemark: "My friend Hergal had killed himself again."
62
2,372 utenti
35 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
kleo, msjudy
Spiegazioni
msjudy: And then, after walking all day through a golden haze of humid warmth that gathered about him like fine wet fleece, Valentine came to a great ridge of outcropping white stone overlooking the city of Pidruid.
63
1,268 utenti
37 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
pitjrw, perennialreader
Spiegazioni
perennialreader: Take my camel, dear, said my aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass.
64
6,584 utenti
172 recensioni
3.9
2 Members
rosalita, katemcangus
Spiegazioni
rosalita: "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."
65
21,354 utenti
217 recensioni
½ 3.7
2 Members
Cecrow, CharlesTheB
Spiegazioni
Cecrow: "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 down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo...."
66
79,065 utenti
1,434 recensioni
½ 4.4
2 Members
kleo, perennialreader
Spiegazioni
perennialreader: When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
67
30,729 utenti
453 recensioni
4.1
68
19,376 utenti
325 recensioni
4.1
2 Members
paradoxosalpha, elenchus
Spiegazioni
paradoxosalpha: Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler's pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.
69
4,137 utenti
83 recensioni
4.2
2 Members
al.vick, SandraArdnas
Spiegazioni
al.vick: "This isn't at all what I expected. In 1985, by some sort of journalistic accident I was sent to Madagascar with Mark Carwardine to look for an almost extinct form of lemur called the aye-aye. None of the three of us had ever met before. I had never met Mark, Mark had never met me, and no one, apparently, had seen an aye-aye in years."
70
810 utenti
35 recensioni
4
2 Members
EerierIdyllMeme, CharlesTheB
Spiegazioni
EerierIdyllMeme: There once lived, at a series of temporary addresses across the United States of America, a traveling man of Indian origin, advancing years, and retreating mental powers, who, on account of his love for mindless television, had spent far too much of his life in the yellow light of tawdry motel rooms watching an excess of it, and had suffered a peculiar form of brain damage as a result.
71
1 utente
2 Members
hipdeep, Tess_W
Spiegazioni
hipdeep: En arkhêi ên ho lógos, kaì ho lógos ên pròs tòn theón, kaì theòs ên ho lógos. | In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Tess_W: In the beginning was the Word.
72
19,011 utenti
888 recensioni
½ 4.3
2 Members
Tess_W, msjudy
Spiegazioni
msjudy: At dusk they fall from the sky.
73
4,788 utenti
150 recensioni
4
2 Members
Tess_W, al.vick
Spiegazioni
al.vick: "My name is Uhtred. I am the son of Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred and his father was also called Uhtred."
74
7,604 utenti
192 recensioni
4.2
2 Members
saskia17, msemmag
Spiegazioni
saskia17: The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone.
75
18,253 utenti
454 recensioni
3.9
Member
kristilabrie
Spiegazioni
kristilabrie: "In eighteenth century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages."
76
14,025 utenti
247 recensioni
4.1
Member
otori
Spiegazioni
otori: “Barrabas came to us by sea, the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy. ”
77
13,967 utenti
265 recensioni
4
Member
Micheller7
Spiegazioni
Micheller7: “It was Wang Lung’s wedding day.” I have remembered this line for about 65 years.
78
12,650 utenti
265 recensioni
4
Member
dud5ers
79
12,636 utenti
224 recensioni
3.9
Member
sharder
80
12,273 utenti
120 recensioni
3.9
Member
EerierIdyllMeme
Spiegazioni
EerierIdyllMeme: It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on Earth has ever produced the expression "as pretty as an airport".
81
10,824 utenti
142 recensioni
4.1
Member
paradoxosalpha
Spiegazioni
paradoxosalpha: A screaming comes across the sky.
82
7,585 utenti
327 recensioni
3.9
Member
Archakr
Spiegazioni
Archakr: "Kell wore a very peculiar coat."
83
6,754 utenti
198 recensioni
3.9
Member
Moloch
Spiegazioni
Moloch: "Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them." It's the book that speaks directly to the reader; I was instantly hooked.
84
6,640 utenti
125 recensioni
½ 4.3
Member
perennialreader
Spiegazioni
perennialreader: So gorgeous was the spectacle on the May morning of 1910 when nine kings rode in the funeral of Edward VII of England that the crowd, waiting in hushed and black-clad awe, could not keep back gasps of admiration.
85
6,005 utenti
97 recensioni
3.9
Member
Yuki-Onna
Spiegazioni
Yuki-Onna: I often dream about the Dolphin Hotel.
86
4,570 utenti
132 recensioni
3.8
Member
Porua
Spiegazioni
Porua: In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses, above a certain rent, are women.
87
4,272 utenti
236 recensioni
4.2
Member
Brubow
Spiegazioni
Brubow: "Late one evening toward the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-bareled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else's forehead and pulled the trigger. This is the story of how we got there."
88
3,566 utenti
89 recensioni
3.9
Member
LibraryCin
Spiegazioni
LibraryCin: Three days before her death, my mother told me -- these weren't her last words, but they were pretty lose -- that my brother was still alive.
89
3,487 utenti
133 recensioni
½ 3.7
Member
PeanutNoir
Spiegazioni
PeanutNoir: "They threw me off the hay truck about noon."
90
2,530 utenti
83 recensioni
½ 3.7
Member
sinki
Spiegazioni
sinki: "Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months."
91
1,799 utenti
39 recensioni
4.2
Member
exhocforte
Spiegazioni
exhocforte: "It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me."
92
547 utenti
19 recensioni
3.8
Member
abbottthomas
Spiegazioni
abbottthomas: Mr Salteena was an elderly man of 42 and was fond of asking peaple to stay with him.
93
490 utenti
9 recensioni
4.2
Member
barefootsong
Spiegazioni
barefootsong: "When I was nine years old, I hid under a table and heard my sister kill a king." This first line has stuck with me since I first read this in sixth grade.
94
341 utenti
11 recensioni
½ 3.7
Member
Aquila
Spiegazioni
Aquila: "When, suddenly, on an ordinary Wednesday, it seemed to Barney that the world tilted and ran downhill in all directions, he knew he was about to be haunted again."
95
247 utenti
22 recensioni
4
Member
AbigailAdams26
Spiegazioni
AbigailAdams26: Mr. C'Mere's first line: "Humans were diggers and buriers, the cat thought, like dogs." Zoë's first line: "I'd hoped for better, Henry's being a heart doctor. A job like that, you'd think he might actually have a heart."
96
101 utenti
1 recensione
4
Member
prosfilaes
Spiegazioni
prosfilaes: 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 housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
97
80 utenti
2 recensioni
½ 3.6
Member
EMS_24
Spiegazioni
EMS_24: 'Except for the man who thought Sarphatistraat was the most beautiful place in Europe, I have never known a more curious fellow than the 'bummer/ deadbeat/ .'' - "Behalve den man, die de Sarphatistraat de mooiste plek van Europa vond, heb ik nooit een wonderlijker kerel gekend dan den uitvreter."
98
19 utenti
½ 4.3
Member
cpg
Spiegazioni
cpg: "Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and of all foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but not in the living room."
99
6 utenti
Member
paulmdh
100
31,884 utenti
565 recensioni
4.1