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The 13 greatest opening lines from novels of the 1950s

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There are many things that make us read the first page of a book. It can be an author’s reputation, a favourable review, a recommendation by a trusted friend or a breathtaking cover. Yet all these pale into insignificance compared against the importance of a wonderful opening line. A book, of course, won’t stand or fall on the very first line of prose, but a really good first line can do so much to establish that crucial sense of voice. It’s the first thing that acquaints the reader, which makes them eager and enlists them for the long haul. So there’s incredible power in it, when it says, Come in here. You want to know about this and someone does just that.

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The 21 greatest Kurt Vonnegut quotes as voted by Goodreads

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Arguably one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, Kurt Vonnegut created some of the most memorable novels of our time. In a career spanning more than half a century he wrote fourteen books including timeless classics such as Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast Of Champions, and Slaughterhouse Five. His work is a mesh of contradictions, both science fiction and literary, dark and funny, classic and counter-culture.

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