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8 Compelling First Lines of Famous Novels

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1. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

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When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.”

2. Peter and Wendy – J.M. Barrie

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All children, except one, grow up.”

3. The Pearl – John Steinbeck

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“In the town they tell the story of the great pearl – how it was found and how it was lost again.

4. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

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It was love at first sight.”

5. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

6. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

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“It was a pleasure to burn.”

7. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

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Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. This story is about something that happened to them when they were sent away from London during the war because of the air-raids.”

8. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.‘”

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