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Friday, July 26, 2013

22 Authors' Favorite First Lines of Books

Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, David Gilbert, Roxane Gay, and other writers share their thoughts on what makes an inviting and memorable opening sentence.

Several authors chose Melville's "Call me Ishmael."

Jonathan Franzen likes the opener of Kafka's The Trial: "Someone must have slandered Josef K., because one morning, without his having done anything bad, he was arrested."

More at The Atlantic

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