Monday, June 22, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: Orlando by Virginia Woolf

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpg He—for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it—was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters. (Published 1928) 



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. My what a gruesome lead in, he's slicing somene's head.

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    1. Ha-ha. You are right! (although I have never read this :)

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  2. I read Orlando when I was in college. It was quite an interesting book.

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  3. The opening lines you share are always good and they remind me how I need to read a lot more classics!

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  4. Well talk about a graphic picture in my head-that is one whopper of an opening line!

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  5. Ahhh, yes...a true classic!

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    1. Yep, I'm convinced it is. I need to set aside one month a year where I read nothing but the classics!

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    1. Definitely.....thanks for stopping by, Yvonne.

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  7. Hi Sharon,

    The opening line was a "head" of its time....

    Gary :)

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  8. Your opening lines series would be good material for a teacher instructing students on how to write introductory paragraphs that grab the reader's attention.

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    1. Oh, I love this idea. On a personal level, I'm doing this for myself. I have always struggled with opening lines.....ending lines too for that matter!

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