Famous Last (and First) Words

This just in, courtesy of StumbleUpon.

The Best 100 Opening Lines From Books
The Best 100 Closing Lines From Books

About half the books on each list are on my to-read list. The other half are about evenly distributed: those I’ve read and would read again, those I’ve read and wouldn’t touch again with a bargepole, and those I haven’t read and don’t plan to.

Judging a book by its opening line is more reliable than by the cover – lines don’t get affected by editions – but still a crapshoot anyway.

A Literary Quiz

Earlier this week, I came across a book called ‘Wrotten English’ which contained some interesting references to the literary world. Below is a list of rejected titles for some well known novels. Can you work out which they are?

  1. First Impressions – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen – Ara, PG and Google, with objections by CO!
  2. Novel Without A Hero – Vanity Fair, W M Thackery  FEEG
  3. Two and Two Are Four – HArd Times, Charles Dickens – Araminta
  4. 1805 – War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy – Papaguniea
  5. The Body and Soul of Sue – Tess of the Durbervilles, Thomas Hardy – Araminta
  6. John Thomas and Lady Jane – D H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover – Araminta
  7. Four Years of Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice – Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf – Bearsy
  8. Ba! Ba! Black Sheep – Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell – Araminta
  9. Something That Happened – Of Mice and Men , John Steinbeck – Theroyalist
  10. Zounds, He Dies – Farewell My Lovely, Raymond Chandler, Araminta.
  11. The House of Faith – Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh – Araminta
  12. The Last Man in Europe – George Orwell’s 1984 – Araminta
  13. If Wishes Were Horses – From Here to Eternity, James Jones – Araminta
  14. The Kingdom by The Sea – Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov – Araminta.

Try not to Google if you can help it. I think it would be more fun to work it out. If it is necessary, I will provide the names of the authors, in a random manner, as a clue.

Thanks Soutie.  OK here are the missing authors:

James Jones
Thomas Hardy
Charles Dickens
Jane Austen
Vladimir Naobokov
John Steinbeck

Raymond Chandler
Evelyn Waugh
Margaret Mitchell

Thank you all.