6 novels with great openings

Books, Literature

Albert Camus / L’etranger (The Stranger)
Mother died today. Or maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure

Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar –
It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.”

Vladimir Nabokov / Lolita
“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.”

Kurt Vonnegut / Slaughterhouse-Five
“All this happened, more or less.”

Herman Melville / Moby Dick
“Call Me Ishmael.”

J.D SalingerThe Catcher In The Rye
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

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