Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin: "I stand at the window of this great house in the south of France as night falls, the night which is leading me to the most terrible morning of my life."
Monkey Bridge by Lan Cao: "The smell of blood, warm and wet, rose from the floor and settled into the solemn stillness of the hospital air."
The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich: "In the year 1896, my great-uncle, one of the first Catholic priests of aboriginal blood, put the call out to his parishioners that they should gather at Saint Joseph's wearing scapulars and holding missals."
The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner: "Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting."
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson: "Why is the measure of love loss?"
Yonnondio: From the Thirties by Tillie Olsen: "The whistles always woke Mazie."
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins: "In the first part of Robinson Crusoe, at page one hundred and twenty-nine, you will find it thus written: Now I saw, though too late, the Folly of beginning a Work before we count the Cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it.""
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: "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, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way-in short, the period was do far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."
She by H. Rider Haggard: "There are some events of which each circumstance and surrounding detail seems to be graven on the memory in such a fashion that we cannot forget it, and so it is with the scene that I am about to describe."
Dracula by Bram Stoker: "Left Munich at 8.55 p.m. on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6.46, but train was an hour late."
What's your favorite of these first sentences? Which one would you possibly read for fun?