Classics Club June Meme – Favourite Opening Sentence

The Classics Club

I love this month’s question: What is your favourite opening sentence from a classic novel (and why)?

I could have looked through all my books, but I’m going with my gut:

Love in the Time of Cholera


It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love. – Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

That’s the book in one line. Love, bitterness, regret, memory, fate; it’s all there. *swoon*

For even more first line fun, try this first lines quiz over at CBC Books. I only got one right, so you can probably do better than me… IF you know your CanLit.

What’s your favourite first line?



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