Month: November 2021

Quote of the Day: Nathanael West & the Brilliant Miss Lonelyhearts

“The Miss Lonelyhearts of the New York Post-Dispatch (Are you in trouble?—Do-you-need-advice?—Write-to-Miss-Lonelyhearts-and-she-will-help-you) sat at his desk and stared at a piece of white cardboard.” Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyhearts Origins of the Quote West was famous for doing this, creating a disruption. One does a quick re-read of Miss Lonelyhearts sat at his desk. Nope, it’s not a mistake -we figure […]
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Quote of the Day : Douglas Adams and Fantastic Fiction

“The story so far: in the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams Origins of the Quote Douglas Adams’s books are literally the right of passage for teenagers who love Sci-Fi. (Actually who said, teenagers?)  […]
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Quote of the Day : George Orwell, The Master of Dystopia

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” 1984 by George Orwell Origins of the Quote It is noticeable that in this opening line, it not just one malfunctioning clock, but all the clocks. Here in this world, thirteen o’clock is but a normal way of life. Orwell alerts the reader that statements of […]
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Quote of the Day : Robert Jordan & the Wheel of Time

“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.” Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan Origins of the Quote Robert Jordan engages the reader with his synchronous style. The opening line of the book sets the […]
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Quote of the Day: Irvine Welsh & Bitter Truths

“The sweat wis lashing oafay Sick Boy; he wis trembling.” Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh Origins of the Quote The novel’s opening line sets forth the problem for most readers, it is written in a deep Scottish dialect. While it can be problematic, on the other hand, it presents an interesting experiment for those up to the challenge. A lot of ‘Trainspotting’ […]
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Quote of the Day : Leo Tolstoy & Humankind

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. “ Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina Origins of the Quote Published in 1878, the novel’s first sentence indicates its concern with the domestic. ‘Anna Karenina’ interweaves the stories of three families, the Oblonskys, the Karenins, and the Levins. And the opening line quite simply is the apt […]
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Quote of the Day: Paul Auster and City of Glass

“It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not.” Paul Auster, City of Glass Origins of the Quote Paul Auster’s City of Glass punches a mix of detective/paranormal and really well-written fiction together. It is evident from the […]
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Quote of the Day : Ralph Ellison & The Invisible Man

“I am an invisible man.” Ralph Ellison, The Invisible Man Origins of the Quote Uncanny opening lines, that stay with the reader. When the narrator declares that there is something amiss with him. This is not a book to be put down. Invisible Man was published in 1952. And since its first publication, the novel won the 1953 National Book […]
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