Hmmmm, like smelling a cookie straight out of the oven, reading these legendary first sentences bring two things with them:
Joy from the act itself and excitement at what is to come.
1. Augusten Burroughs, Sellevision
“You exposed your penis on national television, Max.”
2. J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
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.
3. Paul Auster, City of Glass
It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not.
4. Felipe Alfau, Chromos
The moment one learns English, complications set in.
5. David Markson, Wittgenstein’s Mistress
In the beginning, sometimes I left messages in the street.
6. Donna Tartt, The Secret History
The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.
7. Lynda Barry, Cruddy
Dear Anyone Who Finds This, Do not blame the drugs.
8. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Someone Has Been Disarranging These Roses
Since it’s Sunday and it’s stopped raining, I think I’ll take a bouquet of roses to my grave.
9. Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, bird
Nobody ever warned me about mirrors, so for many years I was fond of them, and believed them to be trustworthy.
10. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.