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?
avg. score: 16 of 102 (16%)
required scores: 1, 7, 11, 17, 24