Judging a book by its cover is one way to go. But how about judging a book by its opening line?
Most people know the openers to western literature’s greatest hits, so Moby-Dick and A Tale of Two Cities are easy. But do you know the first lines of The Crying of Lot 49, or Tristram Shandy? They’re all on the list of the 100 Best First Lines of Novels, chosen by the editors of the American Book Review.
So take the challenge. Test your knowledge with this fun quiz. Then let us know how you did – and send us some of your favorite first lines, too.