Trivia Game: Opening Lines to Some Great Novels

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  • 1. A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES,written by John Kennedy Toole, identified by Jim. "A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head."
  • 2. "I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up."
  • 3. DUNE, writen by Frank Herbert, identified by Bertie. "In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul."
  • 4. "Mother died today, Or, maybe, yesterday; I can't be sure."
  • 5. "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 mountain."
  • 6. "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."
  • 7. "I can see by my watch, without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle, that it is 8:30 in the morning."
  • 8. GRAVITY'S RAINBOW, written by Thomas Pynchon, identified by Jim. "A screaming comes from across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now."
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Here is just a sample of opening lines to some very good, if not great, works of literature. You tell me from what novel did they come from. Needless to say, your answers will be fully-credited.

Cool. You might want to consider making this a numbered list. I believe 1 is A Confederacy of Dunces and 8 is Pynchon, but I can't remember which one. Gravity's Rainbow?

Have you seen this list?

Thanks very kindly for your suggestion. I will indeed make this list number and add more to this. Your answers, by the way, are correct. Yay for you! I did see the list you referred to, and it was the list that gave me the idea to do this.

Third one is a gift: DUNE by Frank Herbert.

I know, it's a gimme.

#2 is Kerouac's "On The Road"
#4 is Camus "the Stranger"
#6 Marquez' "100 years of Solitude" Oe of my favorite books.

# 7 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M Pirsig