Famous First Lines of Books
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34 Compelling First Lines of Famous Books

The opening lines in a book is the author’s best chance to hook the reader. There are many classic first lines in fiction; the starting sentences pull you in, introduce the narrator and established the general tone of the whole book. Here are 34 interesting first lines from popular books that keep readers engaged. See also Inspiring Writing Tips from 9 Great Writers and America’s Reading Habits.

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  • Yvonne

    Most famous first lines on books are popular because the books themselves are excellent novel.

  • Sunny

    No Stephen King?
    “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”
    -The Gunslinger

  • Max Law

    Fahrenheit 451 had me from that opening line.

  • Oh, Hitchhiker’s Guide what an opener that was!

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15/04/2017