Sonora Review

best opening/closing lines

Here, a list of the best novel opening lines and a list of the best novel closing lines.  (note: second list is a PDF and, naturally, contains spoilers)

I like how William Gaddis invariably tells you the theme of his giant novels within the first few words (This is also the case with The Recognitions, although that book doesn’t appear on the opening lines list).

–Jon W.