Monday, March 16, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpg"Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do. Once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?'" (Published 1865)

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?
 

8 comments:

  1. It's been ages since I read that. Interesting lines, and good ones! I agree with Alice; what good is a book without pictures ;)

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    1. I agree, even in novels! I love the illustrations in old books.

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  2. What a great opening line. One really gets a sense who Alice is and that she gets easily bored and needs adventure. A co-worker's daughter just got her essay published about Alice In Wonderland and how animals are treated in the book which was written when Victorian England became more aware of animal rights

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    1. Hadn't thought about that. I'm glad it was only fantasy, although. the book never inspired in me cruelty to animals. Too much analysis for me.

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  3. Love a good "Alice" quote.

    Most books are better with pictures.

    M :)

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  4. Fun opening! I haven't read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland myself yet, but a copy has been on my Kindle for a while now. I really need to read it one of these days!

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    1. I confess I haven't either. I hope it's as good as the opening.

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