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Call Me Stately Plump Mrs. Dalloway: 100 Best Opening Lines From Novels Per "American Book Review"

Would you have kept reading "Moby Dick" had it begun with "My name is Ishmael," or "Pride and Prejudice" if it kicked off with "Many people think wealthy young men should find a wife?" Probably, since they were assigned to you for a class, but still, a great opening sentence is usually the hallmark of a great novel. For example, Jacqueline Susann's "Valley of the Dolls" begins with "The temperature hit ninety degrees the day she arrived." As opposed to ninety what?
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Moby Dick
Moby Dick
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Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
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Gravity's Rainbow
Gravity's Rainbow
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One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
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Lolita
Lolita
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Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
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Finnegan's Wake
Finnegan's Wake
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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
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Invisible Man
Invisible Man
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Miss Lonelyhearts
Miss Lonelyhearts
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
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The Trial (Franz Kafka)
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
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Murphy
Murphy
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The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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The Good Soldier
The Good Soldier
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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
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David Copperfield
David Copperfield
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Ulysses
Ulysses
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Paul Clifford
Paul Clifford
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The Crying of Lot 49
The Crying of Lot 49
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City of Glass
City of Glass
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The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury
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Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
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Don Quixote
Don Quixote
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The Stranger (Albert Camus)
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
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Waiting
Waiting
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Neuromancer
Neuromancer
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Notes From the Underground
Notes From the Underground
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The Unnamable
The Unnamable
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The Making of Americans (Gertrude Stein)
The Making of Americans (Gertrude Stein)
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The End of the Road
The End of the Road
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Galatea 2.2
Galatea 2.2
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JR
JR
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Mrs. Dalloway
Mrs. Dalloway
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Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
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Paradise
Paradise
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Swann's Way
Swann's Way
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