Six best opening lines in fiction

Choose your favourite and identify which novel:

“Call me Ishmael” – “You are not your name, not your body, not your various actions – not even your soul or self.” – “This book is  like a child clumsily finding its feet…” – “The carpet was quite ordinary.” – “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that…” – “I am John Bello. I was sent to school in the country, where they taught me which one.”


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  1. Good selection, Des; and your own definitely belongs in a list of best opening lines. One of my other favourites is the opening to Flann O’Brien’s *The Hard Life*, namely: “It’s not that I half knew my mother; I knew half of her: the bottom half…”

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