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Grab the first line! How 'classy' are you?

First Line BookLikesIt is said that IT IS THE FIRST LINE that grabs the reader, holds tight and drags into the literary world. We've selected eight classics and cut out their first sentences - do you recognize them?


Can you guess where does the first line go and put the book quotes in right order?




1.Nighteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell 2.The Trial by Franz Kafka 3.Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 4.One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

5.Fahrenheir 451 by Ray Bradbury 6.The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger 7.Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 8.Moby Dick by Herman Melville 


Call me Ishmael.


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


* It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.


It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.


* Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested. 


* 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.


Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.


It was a pleasure to burn.


So how 'classy' are you? And how about your own favorite first lines?