Monday, November 2, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpg"Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife. Their house was small, for the lumber to build it had to be carried by wagon many miles." (Published 1899) 

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:

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    \outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 A wonderful book, a classic tale with a strong heroine - in fact, all the women in this novel are strong, whether they are good or villains. And written back in 1899! And a story Americans can be proud of. I read it when I was eight and loved it then as I do now.}

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    1. That's a great observation. I grew up watching the movie with Judy Garland every fall. No wonder I loved it so. I'm buying this for my granddaughter. Thanks!

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  2. Sorry about the gibberish, not sure what happened there.

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    1. Yeah, kind of wondered.... but loved the comment that followed!

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  3. Who could not forget the opening lines, the many times that film has been on TV.
    Good post.
    Yvonne.

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    1. This story is forever embedded in my childhood. I can't believe I never read the book! I'm going online right now to order a copy....first to read and second to send to my granddaughter.

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  4. It's one of those books that is never forgotten. Along with Anne of Green Gables and a number of other books at the library, it was ALWAYS checked out. All copies of it!

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    1. Ooh....thanks for the reminder of another great book. ~Sigh~The list is endless :)

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  5. Such a wonderful book and a great movie to follow

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    1. I know, I know. It's as American as apple pie. Has anyone not seen or read?

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  6. I didn't even know the author of the book. But they are lovely opening lines evocative of great space, a small child living with those who were not her parents .. Thanks Sharon!

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    1. Isn't it sad how often the author's name gets lost over time? I was glad to learn his name too :) I'm sure his heirs are proud.

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