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Which book is this

Maneesh Godbole
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It feels like Friday so I thought of starting this thread.
Post the starting lines of a book and let's see how many people guess the book*.
e.g. Once upon a time,......
Ans: Just about every other fairy tale.

*PS. Try to avoid googling to have more fun.


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Maneesh Godbole
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Call me Ismael

Which book is this.
Mike Simmons
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Moby Dick.

Great song, BTW.
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The house stood on a slight rise, just on the edge of the village.


And the book is... ?


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Maneesh Godbole
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Wuthering heights?
Greg Charles
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No, that's The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy.

How about this one?

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic cockroach.


Really sets a tone there.
Michael Matola
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The Metamorphosis.

What’s it going to be then, eh?
Paul Clapham
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A Clockwork Orange.

Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
Praveen Kumar M K
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'arry Potty

A simple one -
When all else is forlorn, often hope is born..
Greg Charles
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I had to cheat and Google that one because it was bugging me. It's from Return of the King, but it's not the first line, or even in the first chapter. So ... not easy.

Moving on:


Wake! For the Sun, who scatter'd into flight
The Stars before him from the Field of Night,
Drives Night along with them from Heav'n, and strikes
The Sultan's Turret with a Shaft of Light.


Anayonkar Shivalkar
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My suffering left me sad and gloomy.

(another one)
It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.
Ryan McGuire
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Anayonkar Shivalkar wrote:My suffering left me sad and gloomy.

(another one)
It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.


Holy macaroni... I actually know one.

If I'm not mistaken, the "bitter almonds" line is from "Love in the Time of Cholera" by... who was it?... Darn, I'm going to have to look it up. One sec... Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Don't get me wrong... I've never read the book. I just recall flipping through the TV channels some time last summer and stopping temporarily on a show where that book and few others were being discussed.
dennis deems
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At length I returned from two weeks leave of absence to find that my
patrons had arrived three days ago in Roulettenberg.
W. Joe Smith
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Dennis Deems wrote:
At length I returned from two weeks leave of absence to find that my
patrons had arrived three days ago in Roulettenberg.


I believe that is The Gambler by Dostoyevsky.


The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.


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Pat Farrell
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How about: who is John Galt?

no fair asking Google
 
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