Best First Lines

Descrição
Novels that have excellent or memorable first lines. Started from American Book Review's 100 Best First Lines from Novels (http://americanbookreview.org/100bestlines.asp)
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80,568 membros
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5 Members
Aquila, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
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25,361 membros
257 resenhas
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6 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it
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94,256 membros
1,187 resenhas
½ 4.3
5 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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hipdeep: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
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9,196 membros
294 resenhas
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5 Members
Aquila, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
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81,902 membros
1,270 resenhas
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5 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
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36,621 membros
456 resenhas
3.9
5 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.
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53,865 membros
995 resenhas
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5 Members
hipdeep, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: It was a pleasure to burn.
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24,813 membros
530 resenhas
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4 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, ahef1963
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hipdeep: This is my favorite book in all the world, though I've never read it.
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24,655 membros
525 resenhas
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3 Members
hipdeep, merrystar, ahef1963
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hipdeep: Marley was dead, to begin with.
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42,936 membros
518 resenhas
3.9
4 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter.
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43,990 membros
704 resenhas
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4 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: All this happened, more or less.
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20,698 membros
610 resenhas
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3 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
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19,100 membros
345 resenhas
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4 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board.
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44,404 membros
693 resenhas
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3 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.
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38,439 membros
627 resenhas
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3 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
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35,551 membros
541 resenhas
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aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Call me Ishmael.
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9,722 membros
431 resenhas
3.9
2 Members
ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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ManWithAnAgenda: No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.
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69,510 membros
1,078 resenhas
3.8
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: 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.
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28,082 membros
501 resenhas
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3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.
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15,947 membros
385 resenhas
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2 Members
Aquila, hipdeep
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Aquila: I’ll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination.
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7,664 membros
113 resenhas
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3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me; had they duly considered how much depended upon what they were then doing;—that not only the production of a rational Being was concerned in it, but that possibly the happy formation and temperature of his body, perhaps his genius and the very cast of his mind;—and, for aught they knew to the contrary, even the fortunes of his whole house might take their turn from the humours and dispositions which were then uppermost:—Had they duly weighed and considered all this, and proceeded accordingly,—I am verily persuaded I should have made a quite different figure in the world, from that, in which the reader is likely to see me.
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72,093 membros
1,168 resenhas
3.8
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
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21,197 membros
217 resenhas
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3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo.
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20,663 membros
275 resenhas
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3 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
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30,499 membros
449 resenhas
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3 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing.
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22,815 membros
405 resenhas
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3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: 124 was spiteful.
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18,903 membros
326 resenhas
3.9
3 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, ahef1963
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Aquila: All children, except one, grow up.
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35,498 membros
507 resenhas
3.9
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Mother died today.
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4,782 membros
113 resenhas
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: This is the saddest story I have ever heard.
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8,452 membros
254 resenhas
½ 3.5
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did.
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9,492 membros
214 resenhas
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Aquila, aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.
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7,889 membros
168 resenhas
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3 Members
hipdeep, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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hipdeep: Taran wanted to make a sword, but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes.
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10,711 membros
243 resenhas
4
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: In the town, there were two mutes and they were always together.
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5,820 membros
108 resenhas
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ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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ManWithAnAgenda: My wound is geography.
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19,711 membros
335 resenhas
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aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: You better not never tell nobody but God.
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20,619 membros
329 resenhas
3.9
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
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6,221 membros
115 resenhas
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3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: I have never begun a novel with more misgiving.
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6,524 membros
171 resenhas
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3 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.
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24,853 membros
321 resenhas
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3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: I was born in the Year 1632, in the City of York, of a good Family, tho' not of that Country, my Father being a Foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull; He got a good Estate by Merchandise, and leaving off his Trade, lived afterward at York, from whence he had married my Mother, whose Relations were named Robinson, a very good Family in that Country, and from whom I was called Robinson Kreutznaer; but by the usual Corruption of Words in England, we are now called, nay we call our selves, and write our Name Crusoe, and so my Companions always call'd me.
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17,703 membros
330 resenhas
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3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.
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12,040 membros
138 resenhas
½ 3.7
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: "To be born again," sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, "first you have to die."
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23,051 membros
379 resenhas
3.9
2 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
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1,743 membros
55 resenhas
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2 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.
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31,693 membros
563 resenhas
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aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.
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26,422 membros
399 resenhas
4
2 Members
Aquila, ahef1963
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Aquila: "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents."
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774 membros
33 resenhas
½ 3.4
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: The Miss Lonelyhearts of the New York Post-Dispatch (Are you in trouble?—Do-you-need-advice?—Write-to-Miss-Lonelyhearts-and-she-will-help-you) sat at his desk and stared at a piece of white cardboard.
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5,330 membros
58 resenhas
3.9
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.
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16,371 membros
212 resenhas
4
2 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: I am an invisible man.
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118 membros
3 resenhas
½ 3.7
Member
Macbeth
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Macbeth: I blame the Pope
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19,871 membros
237 resenhas
4
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.
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21,982 membros
168 resenhas
½ 3.7
2 Members
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, [...]
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18,379 membros
308 resenhas
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were being scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.
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12,512 membros
257 resenhas
4.1
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a traveler.
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2,328 membros
38 resenhas
4
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
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558 membros
18 resenhas
½ 3.5
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Dr. Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature.
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2,336 membros
78 resenhas
½ 4.3
2 Members
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: I don't know what I should talk about - about death or about love? Or are they the same?
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10,987 membros
194 resenhas
½ 3.7
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: One summer afternoon Mrs. Oedipa Maas came home from a Tupperware party whose hostess had put perhaps too much kirsch in the fondue to find that she, Oedipa, had been named executor, or she supposed executrix, of the estate of one Pierce Inverarity, a California real estate mogul who had once lost two million dollars in his spare time but still had assets numerous and tangled enough to make the job of sorting it all out more than honorary.
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24,065 membros
377 resenhas
4
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.
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10,598 membros
174 resenhas
3.9
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: He—for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it—was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters.
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1,450 membros
35 resenhas
½ 3.7
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: 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.
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17,263 membros
226 resenhas
4
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.
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14,396 membros
192 resenhas
4
2 Members
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.
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12,456 membros
219 resenhas
3.9
2 Members
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.
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11,126 membros
183 resenhas
4.2
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: For a long time, I went to bed early.
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30,714 membros
505 resenhas
3.8
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
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10,745 membros
142 resenhas
4.1
Member
aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: A screaming comes across the sky.
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776 membros
9 resenhas
3.8
Member
ManWithAnAgenda
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ManWithAnAgenda: The telephone bell was ringing wildly, but without result, since there was no-one in the room but the corpse.
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27,130 membros
631 resenhas
4.1
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.
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9,030 membros
115 resenhas
½ 3.7
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: He was an inch, perhaps two, under six feet, powerfully built, and he advanced straight at you with a slight stoop of the shoulders, head forward, and a fixed from-under stare which made you think of a charging bull.
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22,388 membros
243 resenhas
½ 3.7
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains.
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3,545 membros
77 resenhas
½ 3.5
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Vaughan died yesterday in his last car-crash.
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456 membros
18 resenhas
3.9
Member
ManWithAnAgenda
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ManWithAnAgenda: I am thirty years old and that is nothing.
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9,177 membros
168 resenhas
4.2
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles) who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my friends and relatives and associates as "Claudius the Idiot," or "That Claudius," or "Claudius the Stammerer," or "Clau-Clau-Claudius" or at best as "Poor Uncle Claudius," am now about to write this strange history of my life; starting from my earliest childhood and continuing year by year until I reach the fateful point of change where, some eight years ago, at the age of fifty-one, I suddenly found myself caught in what I may call the "golden predicament" from which I have never since become disentangled.
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9,109 membros
163 resenhas
3.9
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space
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11,142 membros
128 resenhas
½ 3.4
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting.
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10,812 membros
125 resenhas
3.9
Member
ManWithAnAgenda
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ManWithAnAgenda: Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
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5,484 membros
343 resenhas
4.1
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites.
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4,446 membros
180 resenhas
4.1
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: In the myriadic year of our lord—the ten thousandth year of the King Undying, the kindly Prince of Death!—Gideon Nav packed her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and she escaped from the House of the Ninth.
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129 membros
4 resenhas
3.9
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: Hal was not yet a prince when she fell in love with Lady Hotspur, but she would be within the hour.
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803 membros
29 resenhas
½ 3.7
Member
Aquila
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Aquila: The wind came into the house from the Sound, and it blew Daisy and me around her East Egg mansion like puffs of dandelion seeds, like foam, like a pair of young woman in white dresses who had no cares to weigh them down.
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8,808 membros
153 resenhas
4.2
Member
hipdeep
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hipdeep: I am old now, and have not much to fear from the anger of gods.
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1,874 membros
43 resenhas
3.9
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: The note said: someone in this class is a witch.
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10,696 membros
268 resenhas
4.1
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: There was a wall.
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2,519 membros
45 resenhas
3.9
Member
Aquila
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Aquila: Apart from the one in the church tower, there were five clocks in the village that kept reasonable time, and my father owned one of them.
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4,882 membros
121 resenhas
½ 3.7
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: I had this story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other.
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1,659 membros
25 resenhas
3.8
Member
aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.
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1,261 membros
82 resenhas
½ 3.5
Member
hipdeep
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hipdeep: Once upon a time on a small, watery, excitable planet called Earth, in a small, watery, excitable country called Italy, a soft-spoken, rather nice-looking gentleman by the name of Enrico Fermi was born into a family so overprotective that he felt compelled to invent the atomic bomb.
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238 membros
4 resenhas
3.8
Member
hipdeep
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hipdeep: My old eighth-grade teacher, Miss Maggie Doubloon, said she was half Spanish, half French, and half Irish, a plethora of halves not entirely unnoticed by some of the brighter pupils.
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4,900 membros
430 resenhas
3.8
Member
hipdeep
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hipdeep: From the top of the large boulder he sat on, Ensign Tom Davis looked across the expanse of the cave toward Captain Lucius Abernathy, Science Officer Q'eeng, and Chief Engineer Paul West and thought, "Well, this sucks."
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100 membros
1 resenha
4
Member
aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
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4,061 membros
81 resenhas
½ 3.6
Member
aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu.
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12,513 membros
155 resenhas
4.1
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: I am a sick man . . . I am a spiteful man.
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578 membros
10 resenhas
3.9
Member
aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: Where now? Who now? When now?
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2,358 membros
103 resenhas
3.8
Member
hipdeep
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hipdeep: Dirk Moeller didn't know if he could fart his way into a major diplomatic incident.
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445 membros
3 resenhas
3.1
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: Once an angry man dragged his father along the ground through his own orchard. "Stop!" cried the groaning old man at last, "Stop! I did not drag my father beyond this tree."
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620 membros
11 resenhas
½ 3.6
Member
aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: In a sense, I am Jacob Horner.
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1,329 membros
28 resenhas
3.8
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: It was like so, but wasn't.
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1,374 membros
19 resenhas
4.2
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: —Money . . . in a voice that rustled.
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4,888 membros
49 resenhas
3.8
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: They shoot the white girl first.
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193 membros
2 resenhas
½ 3.4
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: The moment one learns English, complications set in.