I know we are all a well read bunch here on ATW and I was thinking about what my favourite introduction line to a novel was. There are a few contenders…
Dickens is, of course, sublime;
“Tt was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
Then there is….
“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”
L.P. Hartley was inspired with that one.
But the line that is unbeatable comes from the pen of Eric Arthur Blair aka George Orwell…
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
Oh, and THAT novel, 1984, also has the best pay off line ..
“He had won the victory over himself. He loved big brother.”