“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”
–First line in Love in the Time of Cholera,
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Today, when I read the wordpress daily prompt asking bloggers to quote the first line of our favorite book, immediately writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez came to mind.
Off the top of my head, I could not come up with the first line of my favorite book of his Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), but looked it up. Marquez writes in a style commonly known as magical realism, characterized with conflicting points of view. One is based on reality, but is blended with one holding elements of the supernatural, or magical. This style can also be found in the works of American novelist Toni Morrison and Latin writer Isabel Allende.
To look up first lines from other great works, check out WikiQuotes Opening Lines page.
It was difficult to choose a favorite book, so here is my top 5 Favorite books:
I love lists and it was fun to share a bit of my favorites here. Here are a few other cool book resources:
- goodreads.com: Free-membership everything book site.
- UK’s Guardian Book group– Awesome online bookclub. See a promo video here
- Powells.com Possibly the best bookstore EVER in Portland, Oregon
- Coverspy website a self proclaimed group of publishing nerds hit NYC streets to see what people are reading
- Bookshelfporn.com bookshelfs, bookshelfs, bookshelfs. LOVE this page.