What novels have the best opening lines or opening paragraphs?

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

Answer by Marian Weaver:

The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson: No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

What novels have the best opening lines or opening paragraphs?

 

Xochielt Sanchez

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