Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Firsts - November 6

The first line can make or break a reader’s interest. Just how well did the author pull you in to the story with their first sentence?

The book I'm reading right now is Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison, which is a collection of 3 novellas. The first novella in this collection is titled "Revenge." Here's the first sentence:
"You could not tell if you were a bird descending (and there was a bird descending, a vulture) if the naked man was dead or alive."
The first sentence did, in fact, pull me into the story. I'm reading this book for the November Novella Challenge and I'm really glad this one started off this way. I had a lot of questions after reading the first sentence--is the man dead or alive? Why is he lying out in the open? Who is he? What happened to him? Why is he naked?? Good first sentence!

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