Ah, first lines. They grab us, they intrigue us, they carry the promise of an entire book.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. . . .”
“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.”
“A screaming comes across the sky.”
We judge a book by its first line. (But maybe we shouldn’t.)
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