Monday, January 26, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: White Fang by Jack London

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpg"Dark Spruce frowned on either side of the frozen waterway. The trees had been stripped by a recent wind of their white covering of frost, and they seemed to lean toward each other, black and ominous, in the fading light. A vast silence reigned over the land."      Published 1906


I love the classics and plan to share some "opening lines" over the coming months. Comment if you like, or read for inspiration. Writing styles were different then, but were they really?
 

3 comments:

  1. This gives such a feeling of coldness and the roughness of the northern wilderness and yet sounds so beautiful

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  2. Jack London always made me feel the cold. I'd grab a blanket - my Mom would laugh at me.
    I think I was in junior high school when a librarian mentioned it. I was tired of girly stories like, "Little House on the Prairie," and the ever-classic, "Pippi Longstocking/." (smile)

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  3. Br-rrr, that setting really does feel cold :) I have to say I like London's last line best of all. "A vast silence reigned" really says it all for me. Thanks Birgit and Dixie for visiting.

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