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60-Day Book Meme - Day 18

Day 18 - Favorite beginning scene in a book

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anything_can_be
Feb. 13th, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
I have a terrible memory for things like this, but one scene immediately comes to mind, and was, in fact, the entire reason that I decided to give the book a go after reading the Kindle preview. I was absolutely hooked by the prologue to The Book Thief. Death as the narrator of this book was immensely appealing to me...

PROLOGUE

a mountain range of rubble

in which our narrator introduces:
himself-the colors-and the book thief

DEATH AND CHOCOLATE

First the colors.
Then the humans.
That's usually how I see things.
Or at least, how I try.

***HERE IS A SMALL FACT***
You are going to die.


I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations. Please, trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that's only the a's. Just don't ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me.
silberstreif
Feb. 13th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
The prologue of "the name of the wind" by Patrick Rothfuss hands down. It impressed me like few things before. I would've bought the whole book just for these few pages...
beckalex
Feb. 14th, 2014 12:00 pm (UTC)
THIS, this! So this! One of my favorite bits of writing ever. I even have a tattoo across my shoulder blade that says 'It was a silence of three parts...'
silberstreif
Feb. 14th, 2014 12:50 pm (UTC)
What an awesome tattoo! I love the sentence, I adore it! For it's seriously one of the best written things ever.
catyah
Feb. 14th, 2014 01:10 am (UTC)
No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill house, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for 80 years and might for 80 more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

-- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
imagine_peace
Feb. 16th, 2014 05:40 am (UTC)
"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York." - The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Great first LINE!

I also enjoy the opening scene of Pride and Prejudice The banter between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet is hilarious.
bic_hok
Feb. 16th, 2014 10:04 am (UTC)
I don't know about favourite scene but The Vampire Lestat has my favourite beginning.
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