Thursday, November 24, 2011

line link love

Since I wrote my blog post about first lines, I seem to notice people talking about them everywhere. So have some links that celebrate the first line!


Firstly: The Guardian's short editorial piece in praise of first lines and its slightly longer discussion of favourite first lines.


Secondly, Kit Whitfield's blog (thanks for the link, Ronni!) has a series deconstructing the first lines of novels, and what they say about the novel as a whole. Really good for some longer discussion of opening lines.


So, another first line: from the book I just finished reading, The Pastor's Wife  by Elizabeth von Arnim


"On that April afternoon all the wallflowers of the world seemed to her released body to have been piled up at the top of Regent Stree so that she should walk in fragrance."