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.”

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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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