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Much like the first impression of a person, the first line of a book can tell you almost everything you need to know about your imminent literary journey. What novels have captivated you with a single sentence? For extra credit, go ahead...

Much like the first impression of a person, the first line of a book can tell you almost everything you need to know about your imminent literary journey. What novels have captivated you with a single sentence?

For extra credit, go ahead and choose a sound or video as the accompanying media that you think conveys the tone of the opening sentence, or how you feel when reading it.
Allyson Gronowitz
Feb 24, 2015
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"It was a pleasure to burn."

Burning books-- and with them, ideas, freedom, social progress, etc.... does it get any more demonic than that? Ray Bradbury's famous dystopian novel, "Farenheit 451", was written at the height of the McCarthy era and reflects the author's fears about the existential harm of state-based censorship. The novel's simple yet terrifying first line reflects the inverted nature of this new world-- a world where firemen cause rather than quench fires.
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