Tuesday, October 12, 2010

apropos of famous first words

A while ago I wrote a blog post on memorable first lines in novels, today I found out that American Book Review has compiled a list of the top 100! From a quick glance at the beginning a couple of the ones we talked about are in there, but there are many, many more. 

I'll leave you with one that wasn't in that blog post, but is on the list, and well worthy of it too:

"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. —Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967; trans. Gregory Rabassa)"

Check it out here.


  1. Garcia Marquez has some of the most amazing opening lines I've ever read. Have you read any of his other books?

  2. He is all-round amazing.
    I've read a couple more: 'Love in the time of Cholera' and 'Memoirs of my Melancholy Whores'. Really loved 'Love in the time of Cholera'. Are there any others of his you would recommend?

  3. *Memories of my Melancholy Whores