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Famous First Lines?

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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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"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

Who is the man in black? Who (and what) is the gunslinger? And why is one chasing the other?

Openings like this first sentence of The Gunslinger exemplify why Stephen King is the master of storytelling, The sentence is even more chilling for fans who know how King's seven-book 'Dark Tower' series ends, but even first-time readers are immediately captivated by the deceptive simplicity of the set-up. King introduces the hero, the villain, and the setting in one fell swoop, but he intentionally leaves out the big "why?", propelling readers to dive in after both the man in black and the gunslinger in order to find out.
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