Saturday, June 15, 2013

Pulling Into This Port - The Answers!

Okay!  A couple of days ago, I was talking about the hook to a book that keeps us here; the first line.  And then, I dropped in eight first lines with their books and authors in a jumbled mess and left you guys to it to figure out which belongs to who... so, how did you go? 

I didn't see too many attempts; so I take it you either found it too easy or didn't know any of them.  Never mind, I'll supply the answer to them now!

'They're out there.'
One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

'First, in my spare room, I swivelled the bed on a north-south axis.'
'The Spare Room' by Helen Garner

'The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.'
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

'It was a a pleasure to burn.'
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

'He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.'
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway

'Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.'
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - A trilogy In Four parts by Douglas Adams

'The primroses were over.'
Watership Down by Richard Adams

'Hapscomb's Texaco sat on US 93 just north of Arnette, a pissant four-street burg about 110 miles from Houston.'
The Stand by Stephen King

So, how did you go?  How many did you guess right? All eight?  Or just a few?  Now if you didn't get any of them, don't worry, it's okay, I had a few people on Facebook who didn't know any of them either... but they took a good guess too.  But the ones I have read out of these are:  'The Stand', 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy - the Trilogy In Four Parts', 'Old Man and the Sea', 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', 'The Spare Room' and 'Fahrenheit 451'.  However, it's been a few years for a couple of them, so I've forgotten the first lines of them; not that I'd remember them anyway.  Well, until my next post, happy reading!

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