Thanks to Becky at Page Turners for starting this meme and to Rose City Reader for inspiring it!
Since I'm going to be spending the weekend reading and grading essays for my summer school class, I'll share the first line of the book that all of those essays are about. My class read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass this quarter. Here is the beginning:
I was born in Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot county, Maryland. I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it. By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs, and it is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant.
As you can tell, Frederick Douglass was a slave, and this was his story. Douglass was a brilliant man, and I love that his book includes a variety of themes that I find profoundly interesting, especially his discussion of religion and southern whites. This is probably one of the best slave narratives out there. And it's great from the very beginning. It kind of punches you in the gut that he had no idea when his birthday was and that most slaves didn't know theirs either. It's rather dehumanizing when you think about it.
What is the first line of your current read, and how did you like it? Please leave the link to your specific post, not just to the front page of your blog.