Monday, September 28, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpgIt was just noon that Sunday morning when the sheriff reached the jail with Lucas Beauchamp though the whole town (the whole county too for that matter) had known since the night before that Lucas had killed a white man. (Published 1948)


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?

10 comments:

  1. Intriguing first line! I think I remember reading some Faulkner for high school way-back-when, but I honestly can't remember what those stories were...heh.

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    1. I remember one of his books had extremely long sentences, one of his trademarks as I recall.

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  2. This sounds intriguing for sure and makes me want to buy the book and read it

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    1. Hi Birgit....I need to get over your way. I'm so behind, having taken 2 weeks vacation.

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  3. Great first lines sound like a book to read.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks Yvonne. Hope you're having a good day!

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    1. I think so too. I keep hoping I'm learning something from all this. Opening sentences (and endings for that matter) can be tough to write!

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  5. Awesome run-on sentence, but it definitely presents a hook, and that's really all that matters in the beginning of a book.

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    1. True....that opening line is so important and needs to be edited over and over until we get it right...at least that's how it's been for me!

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