Famous First Lines

I’ve posted the answers to Who Am I if you want to check them out.

Here’s how to play…Identify the first lines of these famous novels by telling me what book it’s from.  Leave a comment with the # of the first line and the title of the book and I’ll cross it off the list.  No Googling, that’s cheating and no fun!  If you know them all, please don’t guess every one, maybe five max?

1. It was a pleasure to burn. Jason, Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury

2. Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. Janet, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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

4. I am an invisible man. Jason, Invisible Man by Ellison

5. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Carol, Pride & Prejudice by Austen

6. What can you say about a 25 year old girl who died? Love Story by Segal

7. Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Mark, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by Lewis

8. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. Mark, The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger

9. As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. Mark, The Metamorphosis by Kafka

10. You better not never tell nobody but God. The Color Purple by Walker

4 thoughts on “Famous First Lines

  1. The old roomate says:

    Hmmm . . .

    7 should be The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Lewis);

    8 is Catcher in the Rye (Sallinger); and

    9 is The Metamorphosis (Kafka).

    The others . . .

  2. Blog Admirer says:

    #1 is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

    I think #4 is Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, although that seems to obvious

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