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Book Quiz

Occasionally, a few of my friends post first lines of songs for us to guess the songs. I always do deplorably at this because I don't follow popular music much and I rarely pay attention to the lyrics.

So, when sunstealer posted his book quiz earlier today, I was chomping at the bit. Surprisingly (because I do pay attention to books) my results were worse than deplorable. Still, I enjoyed taking part. And now I want to post my own book quiz and hope this turns into a meme.

I am posting 10 first lines of novels. All of them are fairly well known novels, some more than others. (I would guess each has been read by someone on my friends list. I've only read three of them, but they're all on my bookshelves.) You guess the novel. No cheating! Simple! (Edit: When one is correctly guessed, I will add the title and author after the quotation.)

(1) When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun. — Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

(2) Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. — Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

(3) It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. — 1984, George Orwell

(4) It was a pleasure to burn. — Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

(5) When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.

(6) Brother Francis Gerard of Utah might never have discovered the blessed documents, had it not been for the pilgrim with girded loins who appeared during that young novice's Lenten fast in the desert. — A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.

(7) "Tonight we're going to show you eight silent ways to kill a man."

(8) My name is Robinette Broadhead, in spite of which I am male.

(9) Wars came early to Shanghai, overtaking each other like the tides that raced up the Yangtze and returned to this gaudy city all the coffins adrift from the funeral piers of the Chinese Bund.

(10) He speaks in your voice, American, and there's a shine in his eye that's halfway hopeful.


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Jul. 1st, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
The only one that I know I know is #6- Canticle of Lebowitz or something like that? It's possible I've read some of the others. Numbers 2 and 3 both "ring bells".
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
After cheating: A Canticle for Leibowitz.
Also, while I have never read #2, I did in fact read #3 only this spring. I'm disapointed that i did not remember the opening line.

In the distant past of my misspent teen years I also read #8 and even earlier than that I read #5. I don't remember much about either of them, except that I thought the end of #5 was lame after all the build-up.

I probably read #4 (and even guessed the answer, but wasn't willing to fully commit), but I'm not 100% certain that I haven't just picked the story up through popular culture.
Jul. 1st, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
You know- I'm sure you know- that the future we live in is amazing. A little over ten years ago it could have taken months in a library to determine the first lines of any of these books if you didn't know them by memory.

Now, a 0.029 second google search does the trick. I've used Yahoo!, then Google searches for a decade but occasionally I am reminded how amazingly different and new it all is.

Welcome to the future, comrades!
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
2. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
3. 1984 by George Orwell
4. Fahrenheit 411 by Ray Bradbury
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
One per person, to spread the joy? I knew 6, but it's been gotten...

4) Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury.
Jul. 1st, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
If I got the number of responses you're used to getting, yes, that definitely would have made sense. I couldn't be sure of getting one response, though.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
1) Far From the Madding Crowd
Jul. 2nd, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
I'm impressed. That was the one I didn't think anyone would get.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
I *love* that book.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
I look forward to reading it, as I love the previous Hardy I've read. And it has a brilliant opening sentence. ;)
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