Thursday, October 30, 2008

Literature

In life, art means more than paintings and sculpture. To me it means music, literature, fashion, the beauty of nature. The art of journalism, the art of surgery. Everything to me is art.

I love reading, I always have. When I was a little girl I rode horses and lived and breathed everything to do with horses. My parents instigated a rule that for every 2 horse books I read, I had to read 1 non horse related book.

Reading gives me a great pleasure, it is calming, educational and helps you develop key skills. I particularly like how striking a book can be in the first chapter, but today I found a list of top first liners.

I like:

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. —George Orwell, 1984 (1949)

All this happened, more or less. —Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York. —Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)

Click here to read the 100 best first lines from novels as presented by the American Book Review.

2 comments :

TEXTSTYLES said...

one of my favourite authors is paulo coehlo
and gabriel garcia marquez

hemingway

woolf

literature nerd!

estelle said...

awesome. a good first line can be so killer.