Quiz of the Month – August 2013

All of the quotes below contain one or more sentences from the beginning of the first chapter of books you may be familiar with.  Can you name each book and its author?  You can find the answers on my Quiz Answers pageif you need some help.

  1. “Call me Ishmael.”
  2. “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.”
  3. “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.  For some they come in with the tide.  For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time.  That is the life of men.”
  4. “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
  5. “I have never begun a novel with more misgiving.”
  6. “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
  7. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
  8. “A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”
  9. “Dr. Jonasson was woken by a nurse five minutes before the helicopter was expected to land.  It was just before 1:30 in the morning.”
  10. “Mae Mobley was born on a early Sunday morning in August, 1960.  A church baby we like to call it.”
  11. “A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head.  The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once.  Full pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs.”
  12.  “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.  ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’ ”
  13. “I am neither dead nor in a state of suspended animation.  Call me Jack-the-Bear, for I am in a state of hibernation.”
  14. “The stranger came early in February, one wintry day, through a biting wind and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, over the down, walking from Bramblehurst railway station, and carrying a little black portmanteau in his thickly gloved hand.  H was wrapped up from head to foot, and the brim of his soft felt hat hid every inch of his face but the shiny tip of his nose; the snow piled itself against his shoulders and chest, and added a white crest to the burden he carried.”
  15. “Someone must have slandered Joseph K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.”
  16. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
  17. “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they executed the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.”
  18. “You better not never tell nobody but God.”
  19. “In the town there were two mutes and they were always together.”
  20. “Many years later as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”
  21. “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
  22. “Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.”
  23. “I am a sick man . . . I am a spiteful man.”
  24. “All this happened, more or less.”
  25. “It was a pleasure to burn.”
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