Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Name That Novel . . .

Can you name the books represented here by their first lines?  There's no prize except smug satisfaction, bragging rights and a few minutes of entertainment.  Good luck!

Update:  Answers are now posted in the comment section.

Blatantly stolen from The Guardian.


  1. They say a great first line has to be a grabber. I can't identify even one of these books, but they all sound enthralling. :)

  2. Clueless here. In fact now that I think of it, the only first line I know from a book was a Tale of Two Cities. Didn't it start with something like "it was the best of times, it ws the worst of times?"


  3. Thanks for playing along. If you're stumped, here are the correct answers:

    "What's it going to be then, eh?" - A Clockwork Orange

    "It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen" - 1984

    "Call me Ishmael" - Moby Dick

    "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day." - Jane Eyre

    "You better not tell nobody but God." - The Color Purple

    "All children, except one, grow up." - Peter Pan