Books: The First Sentence

Started by Chris L, Jul 13, 2017, 01:35 pm

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Chris L

But us, old friend,
What's to discuss, old friend?

valmont

There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
I was born to ask "why was I born?"

valmont

There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.  We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question.
I was born to ask "why was I born?"

MartinG

Jane Eyre  


I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods.

Morals tomorrow

Chris L

Quote from: MartinG on Jul 30, 2017, 08:31 amI am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods.
It certainly sounds familiar, but...any hints, @MartinG?
But us, old friend,
What's to discuss, old friend?

MartinG

It's a novel which was adapted into a film with an Oscar-winning song.
Morals tomorrow

valmont

I was born to ask "why was I born?"

MartinG

Give the man a vegan chocolate medal!  ;D
Morals tomorrow

valmont

To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth.
I was born to ask "why was I born?"

MartinG

Is it Green Grow the Lilacs
Morals tomorrow

Chris L

Aug 05, 2017, 03:00 pm #25 Last Edit: Aug 05, 2017, 03:24 pm by Chris L
I was just going to guess this, but I checked and verified it first: The Grapes of Wrath.
But us, old friend,
What's to discuss, old friend?

Chris L

"She was so deeply imbedded in my consciousness that for the first year of school I seem to have believed that each of my teachers was my mother in disguise."
But us, old friend,
What's to discuss, old friend?

valmont

I was born to ask "why was I born?"

Chris L

But us, old friend,
What's to discuss, old friend?

Chris L

Quote from: Chris L on Aug 05, 2017, 03:37 pm"She was so deeply imbedded in my consciousness that for the first year of school I seem to have believed that each of my teachers was my mother in disguise."
This was the first line from the breakthrough bestseller by one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. (He's my personal favorite among 20th century literary writers.) He kept writing until well into the 21st century, but recently announced his retirement.

Never trust a writer who says he's retiring unless he has Alzheimer's (which I hope he doesn't)...
But us, old friend,
What's to discuss, old friend?