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The Best 100 Opening and Closing Lines From Books

While spending some time browsing around online today I came across two interesting lists that fellow book geeks may enjoy.  Stylist Magazine (a weekly magazine published in The United Kingdom) comprised two lists for book lovers.  First, The Best 100 Opening Lines from Books provides obviously the best 100 opening lines from various selected novels.  Simply click on one of the books pictured and a nice slide-show starts providing all 100 opening lines.  There are some great books on the list, and as I watched the slide show it brought me back to beginning some of my favorite novels of all time (The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath, to name two).  After browsing through the list I have to believe "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" by Charles Dickens have to be the most famous opening lines in literature.

The second list is comprised of The Best 100 Closing Lines of Books.  Again, the list is easy to view and work with.  I really enjoy the slide show feature.  I tend to get annoyed having to click through lists when visiting various web sites.  For some reason, I seem to remember opening lines to novels a little more than closing lines, so this list did not "bring me back" as much as the opening lines list did.

What do you think of the list?  Are there any of your favorites on either list?  Any you may want to read?  Enjoy


  1. Best opening line?

    The Killer - Jack Elgos, here it is

    “When starting down the road of revenge, you must first dig two graves”
    This man disagrees with Confucious. He knows that two graves won’t be nearly enough.


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