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