Monday, September 7, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: The Plague by Albert Camus

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpgThe unusual events described in this chronicle occurred in 194- at Oran. Everyone agreed that, considering their somewhat extraordinary character, they were out of place there. For its ordinariness is what strikes one first about the town of Oran, which is merely a large French port on the Algerian coast . . . (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?

12 comments:

  1. I had to read this book in high school. And my memory of it includes a character who has been writing and rewriting the opening line to a novel for twenty years... :-)

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    1. I wish I could remember it. It was required reading my freshman year in college, which was not my best academic year! My daughter says it's one of her favorite books.

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  2. Yet another book I've never heard before! *shame on me* I do recognize the author, though. I'm pretty certain I had to read his book The Stranger back in high school, heh.

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    1. Ha-ha....and I have not heard of The Stranger. Could be it's the better of the two :)

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  3. I have not heard of this book either but it sounds intriguing to say the least.

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    1. I read a few pages and skimmed ahead trying to remember this book from college. Still couldn't remember much, but it does sound good.

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  4. Haven't read this one...I knew it would happen some day...

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  5. We can only read so many and so much. :)

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  6. We may revert back to the old way of writing, or not. No one knows for sure. :)

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  7. Also not read by me...but interesting opening lines thank you for your choice 😊

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