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#841305 - 10/09/12 02:51 PM Fiction Firsts - hints added
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Can you identify the following fictional novels by their opening lines?

-1. It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.

-2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

-3. It was a Saturday afternoon on La Salle Street, years and years ago when I was a little kid, and around three o'clock Mrs. Shannon, the heavy Irish woman in her perpetually soup-stained dress, opened her back window and shouted out into the courtyard, "Hey, Cesar, yoo-hoo, I think you're on television, I swear it's you!" (T M K P S O L by O H)

-4. In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. In the bed of the river there were pebbles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the channels.

-5. The two women were alone in the London flat. "The point is," said Anna, as her friend came back from the telephone on the landing, "the point is, that as far as I can see, everything's cracking up." (T G N by D L)

-6. It was like so, but wasn't. I lost my thirty-fifth year. We got separated in the confusion of a foreign city where the language was strange and the authorities hostile. It was my own fault. (G 2.2 by R P)

-7. Riding up the winding road of Saint Agnes Cemetery in the back of the rattling old truck, Francis Phelan became aware that the dead, even more than the living, settled down in neighborhoods.

-8. It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York. (T B J by S P)

-9. He had to have planned it because when we drove onto the dock the boat was there and the engine was running and you could see the water churning up phosphorescence in the river, which was the only light there was because there was no moon, nor no electric light either in the shack where the dockmaster should have been sitting, nor on the boat itself, and certainly not from the car, yet everyone knew where everything was, and when the big Packard came down the ramp Mickey the driver braked it so that the wheels hardly rattled the boards, and when he pulled up alonside the gangway the doors were already open and they hustled Bo and the girl upside before they even made a shadow in all that darkness. (B B by E L D)

-10. I first heard of Antonia on what seemed to me an interminable journey across the great midland plain of North America.

-11. I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.

-12. They put the behemoths in the hold along with the rhinos, the hippos and the elephants. It was a sensible decision to use them as ballast; but you can imagine the stench. (A H O T W I 10 1/2 C by J B)

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#841308 - 10/09/12 03:08 PM Re: Fiction Firsts [Re: Pandora]
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10. My Antonia by Willa Cather

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#841310 - 10/09/12 03:26 PM Re: Fiction Firsts [Re: Sondi]
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2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen wave

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#841326 - 10/09/12 05:59 PM Re: Fiction Firsts [Re: Pandora]
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Both correct! wave
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#841333 - 10/09/12 06:53 PM Re: Fiction Firsts [Re: Pandora]
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7. Ironweed by William Kennedy
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#841347 - 10/09/12 08:12 PM Re: Fiction Firsts [Re: Pandora]
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Good one, Gail! smile
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#841356 - 10/09/12 08:57 PM Re: Fiction Firsts [Re: Pandora]
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11. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen smile
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#841361 - 10/09/12 09:35 PM Re: Fiction Firsts [Re: Pandora]
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You got it, Doreen! smile
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#841405 - 10/10/12 06:36 AM Re: Fiction Firsts [Re: Pandora]
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#841415 - 10/10/12 08:03 AM Re: Fiction Firsts [Re: Pandora]
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That's it! wave
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#841497 - 10/10/12 05:13 PM Re: Fiction Firsts [Re: Pandora]
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1. Love in the Time of Cholera
By Gabriel García Márquez

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#841512 - 10/10/12 06:58 PM Re: Fiction Firsts [Re: Pandora]
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You know your books, Doreen! smile
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#842114 - 10/13/12 12:30 PM Re: Fiction Firsts - hints added [Re: Pandora]
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I've added some hints to knock a few memories loose. crazy
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#842117 - 10/13/12 12:48 PM Re: Fiction Firsts - hints added [Re: Pandora]
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According to Google

12. The History of the World in 12 & Half Chapters
by Julian Barnes
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#842126 - 10/13/12 02:09 PM Re: Fiction Firsts - hints added [Re: Pandora]
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They're well-read, too. wink
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