Monday, October 26, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham"I have never begun a novel with more misgiving. If I call it a novel it is only because I don't know what else to call it. I have little story to tell and I end neither with a death nor a marriage." (Published 1944)

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?


  1. This is one novel that i have always wanted to read and have yet to read it. What a great line

  2. Still haven't read this author's works. He used Malaysia and region as a setting I'm told (not sure about this novel), which is so dear to my heart, having lived there way back when. Thanks Birgit!

  3. Never heard of The Razor's Edge before, but that opening line has me intrigued!

  4. Hey Sharon,

    What a novel way to start a novel.


  5. Most intriguing opening line about his life - each life is novel -

    Thanks Sharon, I hope you're keeping a compilation of all these opening lines.

    Best, Susan

    1. Just compiling here. Thanks for stopping by Susan!


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