FIRST LINES is a new feature. We’ve all read classic first lines and been amazed, amused or inspired by things like these:
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
~Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina (1878)
“It 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.”
~Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
“Dr. Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature.”
– Anita Brookner, The Debut (1981)
From a novelist, the first line is something special. And that is why we always hear so much about opening lines…
But what of nonfiction? I am mostly a nonfiction reader. So I am going to be sharing some first lines from nonfiction works that I come across.
These are not all books I’ve read. Some are from books that I am planning to read. Others from Amazon’s Look Inside feature that tickles my fancy. I may also look inside some of Sarasavi publications because they are also making some chapters available for reading online.
Happy reading to all…