Just a suggestion, and it’s not my thread, but could we all play nice and give the quote and the book it comes from? If you just cite the book and suggest we check it out… well, that might take a while and I can’t spend ALL my time just following up suggestions. If you just give the quote and not where it’s from, it’s irritating if it sounds interesting. As for the ‘shame on you if you don’t know…’ stance, I’m pretty well-read but nobody can read everything.
Favourite opening? Tough choice. One favourite:
"It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid-October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn’t care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars."
The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler.
“Marley was dead, to begin with.”**
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens.
"I been away a long time".
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey. In the context of all that has gone before, a lovely closer which tends to resonate in the mind.