The Classics Club‘s meme topic for this month is contributed by one of my favorite foreign (to me) book bloggers. Not sure if I should disclose his or her name, but kindly visit BookerTalk and read for yourself the insightful posts that you will find there. And now, the meme:
What is your favourite opening sentence from a classic novel (and why)?
Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.
I love this because it feels so passionate. And probably obsessive. When I listened to the audio book narrated by Jeremy Irons, I just had all these goosebumpy feels. My eyes welled up with tears. Call me dramatic, but yeah, I almost cried (by the time I listened to the audio, I have already read the novel). It feels like the perfect opening sentence(s) for a narrator such as Humbert Humbert.
This is a really memorable opening line, although it could be argued that it’s not really the opening line because of the foreword, but hey, a foreword comes before the beginning of a novel, okay? Anyway, I have this 95% imprinted on my memory. I double checked the lines and found out that there should be a colon and a pair of commas before and after “at three”. Okay, what part of speech is that? A fragment? A prepositional phrase?