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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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Call me Ismael

Which book is this.
 
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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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Wuthering heights?
 
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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.
 
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The Metamorphosis.

What’s it going to be then, eh?
 
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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.
 
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'arry Potty

A simple one -
When all else is forlorn, often hope is born..
 
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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.


 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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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How about: who is John Galt?

no fair asking Google
 
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