A Good Beginning

A Good Beginning

What’s the first sentence of your favorite book? Mine is from One Hundred Years of Solitude:

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”


There is so much information in just one sentence. Not only is it captivating, but it immediately leads you to ask the following questions: Why is Colonel Aureliano Buendia about to be executed? Did he do anything to deserve such fate? How old is he? How does one “discover” ice?

I think a good opening sentence should encourage the reader to continue reading to find out more. And what’s more, perhaps every sentence in a book should be like a train that only moves forward, taking the reader along for the ride of their lives. What do you think? What’s your favorite opening sentence?


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