Fascinating, amusing, and mesmerizing, IN THE BEGINNING presents the all-important first sentence to more than 500 famous novels. Arranged alphabetically by title, with an index to authors, the selections range from classics to trendy best-sellers, from romances to westerns, from potboilers to prize winners. Whether your literary tastes run to Virginia Woolf or Tom Wolfe, Edith Wharton or Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway or Gabriel Garcia Marquez, you will delight in these opening lines. This informative, entertaining, and satisfying companion is for everyone who likes to read or write.
"All children, except one, grow up." (PETER PAN, J.M. Barrie, 1911)
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of wife." (PRIDE & PREJUDICE, J. Austen, 1813)
"The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail." (JAWS, P. Benchley, 1973)
"It was a dark and stormy night." (A WRINKLE IN TIME, M. L'Engle, 1962)