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What's the Best Opening Sentence Ever?

Jason English
American Book Review
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On Fridays, I ask a series of unrelated questions. Reading your answers helps me get through the afternoon. Answer one, answer all, or ask your own question. On to this week's topics...

1. What's your vote for the best opening sentence in the history of books? (Some suggestions from the American Book Review.)

2. As the famous saying goes, "The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary." Let's try to coin some (very) similar sayings. Fill in the blanks: "The only place ________ comes before _________ is in the dictionary."

3. Let's say all of a sudden you founded a town and were elected mayor. (Congratulations, by the way.) You're starting everything from scratch, including holiday traditions. Your citizens are clamoring for a unique object to be lowered on New Year's Eve. What would be the centerpiece of your New Year's Eve celebration?

4. Your turn! Got a question for the group? Ask it here. Have a wonderful weekend!