Top 10 Literary Works With the Best Opening SentenceThis list is for the best opening sentence (singular) in prose fiction. Opening lines (plural) are disallowed. I tried to include those sentences that at once intrigue the reader and inform him/her of the tenor of the work. Like any of these type of lists, what I would include changes almost daily. I didn't include the very famous opening lines from "Moby Dick" or "A Tale of Two Cities," not because they aren't good, but because I didn't want to today. I also present the sentence in the comments section without any editorializing by me. The sentence speaks for itself. Whichever work you choose, be sure to give its sentence a thumbs up so that the sentence remains at the top of the comments section...
The Top Ten
"I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice - not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany. "
"It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
"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."
"All children, except one, grow up."
"In the town, there were two mutes and they were always together."
"It was a pleasure to burn. ”
"Francis Marion Tarwater's uncle had been dead for only half a day when the boy got too drunk to finish digging his grave and a Negro named Buford Munson, who had come to get a jug filled, had to finish it and drag the body from the breakfast table where it was still sitting and bury it in a decent and Christian way, with the sign of its Saviour at the head of the grave and enough dirt on top to keep the dogs from digging it up."
"They shoot the white girl first."
Mariam was five years old the first time she heard the word harami.
Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.