Tuesday, March 31, 2009

In the Beginning

The first lines of a novel have to do so much -- set the tone, hook the reader and begin the story. I've started an informal survey and looked at about 20 contemporary books to decide who does it best.

For the me the winner was Jodi Picoult's Second Glance with this opening: Ron Wakeman succeeded the first time he killed himself, but not the second or third.

Isn't that fantastic and don't you just wonder how long it took her to write that sentence.


margaret blake said...

That is wonderful, haven't seen the novel, Kathy.

Who could forget Jane Austen's opening for Pride and Prejudice and my all time favourite The Great Gatsby.

Sarita Leone said...

That is a fabulous first line. Hmm...now you've got me thinking.