This week Bionic Books has asked us this week for her Top 5 Tuesday to list Top 5 Opening Lines.
Do you know which books these come from without being told? (Answers below)
1. ‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate to the drive, and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me. There was a padlock and a chain upon the gate.
2. I was born without a voice, one cold, overcast day in Brooklyn, New York. No one ever spoke of my condition.
3. “I suppose the important thing is to make a difference,” she said
4. The baby is dead.
5. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only
- There are not many opening lines I remember but this one stuck in my mind. It is from Rebbecca by Daphne Du Maurier
I was born without a voice, one cold, overcast day in Brooklyn, New York. No one ever spoke of my condition. I did not know I was mute until years later, when I opened my mouth to ask for what I wanted and realized no one could hear me. Where I come from, voicelessness is the condition of my gender.
These lines struck me so much before finishing the book I used it in a first line Friday
They are from a Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum.
I could not remember off the top of my head, which words opened, one of my favorite book One Day by David Nicholas , therefore I looked it up:
“I suppose the important thing is to make a difference” is a fairly poignant opening line. The scene that this line is setting is of the two main characters waking up in bed together and discussing their future. She is trying to impress him but in a slightly embarrassed way. The first line alone does not set the tone, the context of the whole first paragraph is needed.
“I suppose the important thing is to make a difference”, she said.
“You know actually change something.”
“What like change the world you mean?”
“Not the whole world. Just the little bit around you”
They lay in silence for a moment, bodies curled around each other in the single bed, then both began to laugh in low pre-dawn voices.
“Can’t believe I just said that” she groaned. “Sounds a bit corny, doesn’t it?”
4. The first two lines of this book are on the front cover of this book as they are startling, bold openers.
The baby is dead. It took only a few seconds.
It is Lullaby by Leila Slimani.
5. Even though I have not read this book I recognise the opening words as they have become famous enough to have infiltrated for me. It is the opening sentence of A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens.