Critical Linking: January 30th, 2015

 

In looking for the best opening lines, we took all of this into consideration. What follows are the 50 best. These are the sentences that say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.

I’m a sucker for a book-related list, but for some reason, it’s the ones like these 50 Best Opening Lines in Literature that I love the best.

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A new novel by Salman Rushdie being published this autumn will blend “history, mythology, and a timeless love story to bring alive a world – our world – that has been plunged into an age of unreason”. Jonathan Cape will publish Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights in September, seven years after his previous adult novel The Enchantress of Florence (2008).

Wow, I didn’t realize it had been seven years since his last novel for adults, though he has published in several other categories in the meantime.

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The author of the bestselling Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon, has teamed up with her local bookstore, 26-year-old Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Ariz., on a writer-in-residence program. Charles Finch, author of the Charles Lenox mystery novels set in Victorian England, has been chosen as the inaugural resident.

Huh, I hadn’t even considered bookstores themselves having writers-in-residence programs. But boy do I like it.

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