Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Opening line:

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

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Opening line:

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.

(trans. Gregory Rabassa)