Opening Lines (A Game from the opening lines of books)

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  1. To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Guessed by listology47
  2. Last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay again. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier Guessed by professor
  3. In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Guessed by qky315
  4. 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. A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway Guessed by verlaine
  5. I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.
  6. He lay flat on the brown, pine-needled floor of the forest, his chin on his folded arms, and high overhead the wind blew in the tops of the pine trees. For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway Guessed by ThereThere
  7. When the fair gold morning of April stirred Mary Hawley awake, she turned over to her husband and saw him, little fingers pulling a frog mouth at her.
  8. Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway Guessed by verlaine
  9. The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the most delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Guessed by professor
  10. Jewel and I come up from the field, following the path in single file. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner Guessed by tdunnie
  11. In the corner of a first-class smoking carriage, Mr. Justice Wargrave, lately retired from the bench, puffed at a cigar and ran an interested eye through the political news in the Times. Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie Guessed by burneyfan
  12. In my old apartment, before there was any furniture, I would sit in the window and stare out at New York City.
  13. No one - least of all Dr. Litchfield - came right out and told Ralph Roberts that his wife was going to die, but there came a time when Ralph understood without needing to be told.
  14. A throng of bearded men, in sad colored garments, and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bare-headed, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Guessed by cmonster
  15. Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board.
  16. Sitting beside the road, watching the wagon mount the hill toward her, Lena thinks, 'I have come from Alabama: a fur piece. Light in August by William Faulkner Guessed by Penny
  17. 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. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Guessed by Merlin
  18. No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intellgences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells Guessed by tdunnie
  19. My decision to become a lawyer was irrevocably sealed when I realized my father hated the legal profession. The Rainmaker by John Grisham Guessed by ikl
  20. Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James Guessed by cmadison85
  21. Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner Guessed by misscurly
  22. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. 1984 by George Orwell Guessed by tdunnie
  23. Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Guessed by ikl
  24. All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity, that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut.
  25. There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë Guessed by Penny
  26. 1801- I have just returned from a visit to my landlord- the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte Guessed by Professor
  27. THE cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane Guessed by bertie
  28. Marley was dead, to begin with. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Guessed by tdunnie
  29. On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky Guessed by Merlin
  30. Mr. Hungerton, her father, really was the most tactless person upon earth- a fluffy, feathery, untidy cockatoo of a man, perfectly good-natured, but absolutely centred upon his own silly self.
  31. IN 1815, M. Charles Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of D__. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo Guessed by verlaine
  32. On an evening in the latter part of May a middle-aged man was walking homeward from Shaston to the village of Marlott, in the adjoining Vale of Blakemore, or Blackmoor. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy Guessed by Professor
  33. A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories. A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Guessed by bertie
  34. You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.
  35. Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary, and yet somehow lovable. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Guessed by Penny
  36. The time traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells Guessed by tdunnie
  37. It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Guessed by Penny
  38. When Danny came home from the army he learned that he was an heir and an owner of property.
  39. When Chili first came to Miami Beach twelve years ago they were having one of their off-and-on cold winters: thirty-four degrees the day he met Tommy Carlo for lunch at Vesuvio's on South Collins and had his leather jacket ripped off.
  40. The gate was packed with weary travelers, most of them standing and huddled along the walls because the meager allotment of plastic chairs had long since been taken.
  41. On a very hot day in August of 1994, my wife told me she was going down to the Derry Rite Aid to pick up a refill on her sinus medicine prescription - this is stuff you can buy over the counter these days, I believe.
  42. Kino Awakened in the near dark. The Pearl by John Steinbeck Guessed by axiadiva
  43. I'm the Vampire Lestat. Remember Me? The vampire who became a super rock star, the one who wrote the autobiography. Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice Guessed by ThereThere
  44. The house stood on a slight rise just on the edge of the village.
  45. We filed out of the plane slowly. When we entered the airport, Mrs. Levy spotted her son and daughter-in-law and waved at them.
  46. I call my mother almost everyday from my position as a Communications and Account Services Representative at a software company that I have begun to refer to as "The Jerry Corporation" or "Jerry Corp," named so for its president, a man three years older and much shorter than I am.
  47. Until her mother's sudden death from pneumonia in the spring of 1916, the notion of upheaval in the thrum of daily life had seemed an impossibility.
  48. By ten-forty-five it was all over. The town was occupied, the defenders defeated, and the war finished. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck Guessed by Gwynn400
  49. You better not never tell nobody but God. It'd kill your mammy. The Color Purple by Alice Walker Guessed by misscurly
  50. It was a good Monday morning to begin with - the Hoffmans slugging it out again, Dr. Palme on the phone with a suicidal ex-patient, the Coles' maid getting it off with one of their vibrators, Lesley and Phil meeting in the laundry room - and then it got even better.
  51. Cannery row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck Guessed by professor
  52. The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail. Jaws by Peter Benchley Guessed by bertie
  53. On the morning of August 8, 1965, Robert Kincaid locked the door to his small two-room apartment on the third floor of a rambling house in Bellingham, Washington. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller Guessed by Merlin
  54. Jack Torrance thought: Officious little prick. The Shining by Stephen King Guessed by bertie
  55. Clarice Starling's Mustang boomed up the entrance ramp at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on Massachusetts Avenue, a headquarters rented from the Reverend Sun Myung Moon in the interest of economy. Hannibal by Thomas Harris Guessed by bertie
  56. Halfway down a bystreet of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst. The House Of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne Guessed by professor
  57. At daybreak Billy Buck emerged from the bunkhouse and stood for a moment on the porch looking up at the sky. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck Guessed by Merlin
  58. It was a pleasure to burn. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Guessed by misscurly
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I have to admit that I haven't read all of these books myself, some of them are on my To read list, some of them are on my book shelf.

I used the first sentence in the book for this game no matter how long or short it was (with maybe a few exceptions), in some instances the first paragraph was a single sentence. I started at the first chapter of the book, so I didn't use lines from prologues, prefaces or anything like that.

First one is Grapes of Wrath by J. Steinbeck

2. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
9. The Picture Of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
17. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
26. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (I have just finished reading this a week ago).
32. Tess of the D'Urbervilles hy Thomas Hardy

You have 2, 9, 26 & 32 right but 17 isn't The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

17 is The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Twain..or not?

Yes, it is Huckleberry Finn.

Whoops - I see what I did.
I meant Huckleberry Finn, but I'm too late now (I've read them both).

56. The House Of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne - a guess confirmed by checking my bookshelf.

Another guess: 51 = Cannery Row by John Steinbeck, or is that too obvious.

Yes. Cannery Row probably was too obvious and I started not to include it because of that but I decided to add it anyway.

Another guess: 43. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, or is that too obvious to be true.

That's a good guess but it's not The Vampire Lestat. But it is by Anne Rice.

10. As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner (wild guess based on the name 'Jewel')
18. War of the Worlds - H. G. Wells
22. 1984 - George Orwell
28. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
36 The Time Machine - H. G. Wells

Correct

19. The Rainmaker (John Grisham)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

Yes

16. Light in August by William Faulkner
25. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
37. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Correct. :)

Is 23 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott? Not that I've read it :-D

27 is The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. I know this because it's on my own Opening Lines list (no.60).

33 is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Yes.

"It was a pleasure to burn" is already here (the progenitor of the Listology quiz list).

I see it is now, I had no idea it was there or that it was the progenitor of the Listology quiz list.

It's cool, just pointing it out. There's always room for more quizzes! I do believe bertie's list might be the very first such list on Listology though. Just a bit of Listology trivia/lore.

No problem.

52 sounds like it ought to be Jaws by Robert Benchly.

54 is The Shining by Stephen King. 55 is Hannibal by Thomas Harris. A couple of gifts, those two.

Alternatively, could item 52 be 'Moby Dick' by Herman Melville ?

It was Jaws.

Yes. But Jaws was by Peter Benchley, who I believe is Robert Benchley's grandson.

Ah! The old memory's not what it was.

On the morning of August 8, 1965, Robert Kincaid locked the door to his small two-room apartment on the third floor of a rambling house in Bellingham, Washington
is The Bridges Of Madison County - R. James Waller.

Yes

On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge.
Mr. Hungerton, her father, really was the most tactless person upon earth- a fluffy, feathery, untidy cockatoo of a man, perfectly good-natured, but absolutely centred upon his own silly self.

is
Crime And Punishement by Fyodor Dostovesky.

Yes

Is 49 The Colour Purple?
And I think the very last one might be Fahrenheit 451

Yes

4 is the opening line of Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. 31 is Hugo's Les Miserables.

Yes

8 is also Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises.

Or is it Fiesta by Hemmingway?

I don't know of a book called Fiesta by Hemingway.

Oh. Are you sure? Here, take a look . I did a bit of research and it so happens that after the movie was released, the book was retitled as Fiesta, which happens to be the version I have.

I did some research on my own and found out that Fiesta is The British version of The Sun Also Rises and was realesed by Pan Books in 1972.

Most bibliographies do not include it. The Hemingway Resource Center Bibliography is the only Ernest Hemingway Bibliography that I've seen it listed in.

I love it when you do crispy tasty research... thank you.

I'm not sure I know what 'crispy tasty research' is.

crispy krisp' ee adj. (crisptastic, crisperrific) 1 cleverly executed; nicely done. 2 surprisingly impressive or excellent. 3 stylishly simple or to the point.

tasty tays' tee adj. 1 delicious, delightful and intoxicating in aspect. 2 intriguing and interesting in a provocative manner. 3 having qualities that should be appreciated or savoured.

Mention the dictionary and I have to look it up myself. Not having the Dictionary of Odysseus (which sounds like fun but leaves us with no word describe potato chips or burnt things) I looked in Webster's Third, which gives this set of baffling definitions for "tasty": 1) arousing interest by being risqué 2) tasteful.

#35 is The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Yes

Thanks for the definition. I know what crispy is, I know what tasty is but crispy tasty research I didn't know.

Ah. All's well. Same story, different title.

Yes

#3 is from The Great Gatsby

Yes, which happens to be the book that I'm currently reading.

57 happens to be The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

Yes

Is 21 The Sound and the Fury?

Yes

# 20 (Under certain circumstances...) are the opening words of "Portrait of a Lady" by Henry James

Yes

#6- For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
#43- The Queen Of The Damned by Anne Rice

yes

42: The Pearl by John Steinbeck (Kino awakened in the near dark)

Yes

By ten-forty-five it was all over. From The Moon is Down, John Steinbeck

Yes.

14. Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Yes.

#5 is so familiar but I can't seem to put my finger on it... how frustrating!

#11 is Ten Little Indians (a.k.a. And Then There Were None) by Agatha Christie. :-)

Yes.

I believe #41 is Bag of Bones by Stephen King.

#13 is Insomnia by Stephen King.

15 is, I think, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston?

#39 is *Get Shorty* by Elmore Leonard.

41. Bag of Bones by Stephen King