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07 February 2003 @ 11:00 am
first lines of ten favourite books  
This wasn't easy... but it looked so fun when everyone else did it! (the tricky bit was finding books that my friends hadn't picked yet)

From Venice to Cathay, from Seville to the Gold Coast of Africa, men anchored their ships and opened their ledgers and weighed one thing against another as if nothing would change.
- Dorothy Dunnett, Niccolo Rising

Except for the Marabor Caves - and they were twenty miles off - the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary.
- E.M. Forster, Passage to India

Barabas came to us by sea, the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy.
- Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits

I did it - I should have known better.
- Saki, 'Barabas', first of The Complete Stories of Saki

The carriage gave another lurch and Maria Merryweather, Miss Heliotrope, and Wiggins once more fell into each other's arms, sighed, gasped, righted themselves, and fixed their attention upon those objects which were for each of them at this trying moment the source of courage and strength.
- Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse

Taran wanted to make a sword; but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes.
- Lloyd Alexander, The book of three

I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father's house.
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped

High up in the North in the land called Svithjod, there stands a rock.
- Henrik Willem van Loon, The History of Mankind

Once there were four children, whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.
- C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

When the year one thousand came Thorkel Amundason was five years old and hardly noticed how frightened everyone was.
- Dorothy Dunnett, King Hereafter
katetheother on February 7th, 2003 04:17 am (UTC)
I'm so pleased you liked King Hereafter *beams*.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on February 9th, 2003 06:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Yeah, I love it. It was one of the most unique books I have ever read, I think. I'm on my third reading. The first time I read it through I found it very heavy going, and I felt overwhelmed by it. The second time I got sucked in and devoured it really fast (comparatively, at least) and sobbed through the final pages. I've never had that experience on a SECOND reading before! The third time is really to savour her skill as an author, which I find I'm only able to truly appreciate after the first two readings!
It's a brilliant piece of history. I cannot imagine how she had such a vivid image of a period so hidden from historian's eyes - there are SO FEW sources for that period. Yet her representation seems so honest.