Thursday, December 15, 2011

EW's 20 Classic Opening Lines

So, lately, I've been thinking of undertaking a reading challenge.  When I came across Entertainment Weekly's list of 20 Classic Opening Lines in Books I decided that I had found one.  Now, I've read some of the books on this list - either recently or a long time ago - and I decided that I would re-read them again.  Some books I've wanted to read for quite some time, and some I had neve heard of before.  Below is the list I'm going to be working my way through in the coming year!

1.  Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1813)
2.  Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville (1851)
3.  A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens (1859)
4.  Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy (1877)
5.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain (1885)
6.  The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger (1951)
7.  Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (1953)
8.  The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath (1963)
9.  One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Márquez (1967)
10.  Fear and Loathing in Las Vega, by Hunter S. Thompson (1971)
11.  Gravity’s Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon (1973)
12.  High-Rise, by J.G. Ballard (1977)
13.  A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole (1980)
14.  The Color Purple, by Alice Walker (1981) *I’ll respect the spelling, but it’s wrong.
15.  Neuromancer, by William Gibson (1984)
16.  A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean (1989)
17.  Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)
18.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling (1998)
19.  Paradise, by Toni Morrison (1999)
20.  The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman (2008)

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