The First Line Game


You’ve read a lot of books, right? Did they have a memorable opening? Do you think you could recognize a book just by it’s first line? Try these ones:

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show..

I am always drawn back to the places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods.

George is my name; my deeds have been heard of in Tower Hall, and my childhood has been chronicled in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

“To be born again ” sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, “first you have to die.”

Dying’s not so bad. At least I won’t have to answer the telephone.

Find out the answers – ahem – I mean, confirm that you were correct at First Lines, one of the funner experiments happening at Cornell University.


3 comments

  1. Imani says:

    Without looking I’m going to say that the first is David Copperfield and the fourth is Satanic Verses.

  2. Imani says:

    Woohoo! I was right. I’ve never read the other books quoted.

  3. Ian says:

    Not too shabby, Imani.

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