Monday, December 21, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpg"If you searched every old folks' home in the country, you couldn't find anyone who looked more like Santa Claus. He was the living, breathing incarnation of the old gent--white beard, pink cheeks, fat tummy and all--and his name was Kris Kringle, too. Whether this was coincidence or design--a sort of stage name he had assumed--his friends at the Maplewood Home for the Aged never knew." (Published 1947)





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. Wow, that's such a fantastic opening, and so perfect for the holidays, too! :)

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  2. It's a cute story. I like the film version with Natalie Wood.

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  3. I've got the old movie and hope to see it the next couple days. Thanks for sharing the book.

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    1. Pretty sure we do too. Have fun watching. God bless...

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  4. Sharon, I had all, but forgotten that line from the movie. That's such a Christmas classic! I think that's available on either Amazon Prime or Netflix for viewing. This is such a sweet movie! Thanks for popping in on me and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Yes, it is quite popular. Had never heard of this author though. Merry Christmas!

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  5. Another great opening, thanks.
    Yvonne.

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  6. Hi Sharon,

    Those opening lines do set up the ambience rather nicely. A peaceful, positive Christmas and a hopeful 2016 to you and your loved ones.

    Gary :)

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  7. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you too! Hoping for a positive 2016 for all.

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  8. I had no idea it was a book first. I love this opening line and now I must read the book! Love the original film

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