Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Opening line:

Once you have given up the ghost, everything follows with dead certainty, even in the midst of chaos.

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Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine

Opening line:

Here’s how it started. I’d never said a word. Not one word.

The Outsiders by S E Hinton

Opening line:

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.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Opening line:

When the lights went off the accompanist kissed her. Maybe he had been turning towards her just before it was completely dark, maybe he was lifting his hands. There must have been some movement, a gesture, because every person in the living room would later remember a kiss.

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuck

Opening line:

Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler’s pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.

Finn by Jon Clinch

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Under a low sun, pursued by fish and mounted by crows and veiled in a loud languid swarm of bluebottle flies, the body comes down the river like a deadfall stripped clean.

Princess Bride by William Goldman

Opening line:

This is my favorite book in all the world even though I have never read it.

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

Opening line:

There is a guy like me in every state and federal prison in America. I’m the guy that can get it for you.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Opening line:

NOTICE: Persons attempting to find motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.

The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster

Opening line:

I was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn…

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