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25th-Apr-2008 11:39 pm
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26th-Apr-2008 07:14 am (UTC)
A lot of these are truly rubbish first lines. Where's Don Delilo?
26th-Apr-2008 07:30 am (UTC)
Yay for Neuromancer. And Catcher in the Rye's first line made me laugh.
26th-Apr-2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
Keep in mind this list was from American Book Review and, for whatever reason, Day of the Triffids isn't such a big deal over here as it is on your side of the pond.
26th-Apr-2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Well then, it's a badly compiled list, if they actually wanted the 100 greatest first lines and not "the first lines of 100 novels which have significance to American readers."

The first line in question, I'd add, is:

When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.

26th-Apr-2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
Interesting first line - now I want to read the book even more.

And just there's no misunderstanding here: I wasn't trying to defendd the list, just to explain it. Truth be told, I didn't even read the whole list, as I noticed fairly quickly that these were Not My Kind Of Books Anyway. :-)
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