I came across a couple of book lists recently that includes best opening and closing lines of novels. I was curious where our favorite author came in at – so here they are: (if I missed any – please let me know – thanks).
“The editors of American Book Review selected what they consider the most memorable first lines of novels. The titles on the list span centuries and genres and include classics and contemporary novels that are certain to become classics. Use this list to test your literary knowledge.”
48. “He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.” -Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952).
75. “In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains.” -Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (1929).
6. “Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” –Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (1926).
72. The old man was dreaming about the lions. –Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952).