These books of fiction are well known for their opening lines. The authors know that books don't just need a great story, there also needs to be something that draws in the reader. The opening line is that hook and the books on this list all have intriguing, interesting, and unique opening sentences.
This is a list of the greatest novels with the best introductory text, including world literature (with an emphasis on English literature), from throughout history, with the most memorable and significant beginnings. Vote up the most memorable first lines from fiction below.
Soure: American Book Review
26 people just voted on A Tale of Two Cities
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.
Author: Charles Dickens
First Published: 1859
#13 on The Best Novels Ever Written
#263 on Books That Changed My Lifesee more on A Tale of Two Cities
51 people just voted on Nineteen Eighty-Four
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
Author: George Orwell
First Published: 1949-06-08
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37 people just voted on Fahrenheit 451
It was a pleasure to burn.
Author: Ray Bradbury
First Published: 1953
#28 on The Best Novels Ever Writtensee more on Fahrenheit 451
33 people just voted on Anna Karenina
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Author: Leo Tolstoy
First Published: 1877
#156 on The Best Novels Ever Written
#65 on Books That Changed My Lifesee more on Anna Karenina
33 people just voted on Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
Call me Ishmael.
Author: Herman Melville
First Published: 1851-10-18
#15 on The Best Novels Ever Written
#80 on Books That Changed My Lifesee more on Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
36 people just voted on Pride and Prejudice
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Author: Jane Austen
First Published: 1813-01-28
#11 on The Best Novels Ever Written
#54 on Books That Changed My Lifesee more on Pride and Prejudice
38 people just voted on Slaughterhouse-Five
All this happened, more or less.
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
First Published: 1969
#30 on The Best Novels Ever Written
#21 on The Greatest American Novelssee more on Slaughterhouse-Five
17 people just voted on The Hobbit
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
First Published: 1937-09-21
#12 on The Best Novels Ever Written
#3 on The Best Books for Teens
#10 on Books That Changed My Lifesee more on The Hobbit