June Meme: Question #11

Hi clubbers!! We’re excited to be posting our June meme question for the club!

Here’s the question this month, contributed by kheenand at BookerTalk, who joined us in August 2012:

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What is your favourite opening sentence from a classic novel (and why)?

Feel free to answer over at your blog any time in June, and leave the link to your post in the Mister Linky widget below.

(Answers can be as thorough or brief as you like, but let’s share and connect, eh?)

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“Reading” – Auguste Renoir (1890-1895)

34 thoughts on “June Meme: Question #11

  1. Having set this as a challenge for everyone now I’m feeling the pressure to come up with something that will astound everyone. Yeh in my dreams. All the good ones have been snaffled already….


  2. There are some great choices here. Of the ones already mentioned, Rebecca and Anna Karenina are my favourites.

    These are my 20th century choices:

    “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.

    “Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don’t know”. The Outsider by Camus

    Both set the tone so well for the stories ahead.


  3. I know this is clichéd and so over written but there is so much of truth in this one sentence – its humorous, questions the status quo and false norms of the society and rises the pertinent questions about a woman’s freedom and identity and its linkages with marriage, that too marriage to a wealthy man – Yup its one and only, the immortal lines from P&P “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”


      1. You can never escape the classics! Besides, Jane Austen was the fountain of all wisdom for women! Can’t go too wrong with her 🙂


        1. This one was my first thought too.
          It’s such a perfect beginning for all the reasons you said, Also for the way that this one sentence sets up everything that happens throughout the entire book.


  4. Rebecca by [Daphne Du Maurier] “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” And
    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, “Mrs. Ferrars died on the night of the 16th-l7th September-a Thursday.” Agatha Christi.

    I am repressing this since I think this is an awesome thing to do on a blog.


    1. Rebecca would have been my choice, too! Absolutely love that line.

      I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith is also brilliant: “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.”


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