Monday, June 29, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpgI am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood -movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids -- and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. (Published 1952) 

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?
 

18 comments:

  1. Said like a classic Enneagram style nine.

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    1. Thanks for the input Cathy. I remember your enneagrom series was so good. I learned a lot!

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  2. A very cleverly written opening lines.
    Yvonne.

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    1. I read these opening lines and think, why can't I be so clever?

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  3. Oh, I like how this one starts. I'm a fan of dark and creepy stories and that's the vibes this opening gives off. I'll have to add Invisible Man to my TBR list.

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    1. Hi Chrys. Indeed, this is right up your alley ;) Enjoy!

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  4. Hey Sharon,

    I could see right through that opening sentence :)

    Gary who will suddenly disappear..........

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    1. Ha-Ha. You crack me up, Gary. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. What a great opening line. Very creepy and you can sense his "issues"

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    1. I know. I may have to read this one. Has me curious now. Thanks, Birgit.

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  6. Mmmmm; just back from being out - and on the radio in my car was a talk about people about being invisible, whether because of being old, or fat or whatever ... but the question of being invisible '... because people refuse to see me' pertains in this sense perhaps.

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  7. I find that interesting. Have never read this book but do wonder at the hidden meanings the author implies.

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  8. I read Invisible Man a few years ago, and really enjoyed it. It's kind of a strange book, that tells multiple stories at multiple levels and I think the incipit is just perfect :-)

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  9. Oh this sounds really good. Thanks Sarah for your input!

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  10. Gorgeous opening line. I so love this series!

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