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Silly game- anyone up for it?

(238 Posts)
gracesmum Fri 27-Sep-13 09:57:06

OK it's not rocket science but hope this runs:
You post the opening line of a book, somebody guesses it and they then post another opening of another book, and so on. Yes?

Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage.

Ian42 Fri 27-Sep-13 20:11:18

In Cold Blood. Truman Capote.

"^It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.^"

tattynan Fri 27-Sep-13 20:20:25

Think the original Blade runner book was called Do androids dream of electric sheep.

In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.

Bez Fri 27-Sep-13 22:10:57

The very Hungry Caterpillar.

The day my uncle Camlach came home, I was just six years old.

Elegran Fri 27-Sep-13 22:54:37

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart.

My first kitchen was a stone-floored cottage in the Yorkshire Dales. It had a thick rag rug on the hearth and a celing rack that held thin brown oatcake.

gracesmum Fri 27-Sep-13 23:58:40

This is very obscure, Elegran!

Ian42 Sat 28-Sep-13 10:00:24

The Life and Work of the People of England, by Dorothy Rosaman Hartley.

"The schoolmaster was leaving the village, and everybody seemed sorry."

Elegran Sat 28-Sep-13 10:21:22

Think food.

gracesmum Sat 28-Sep-13 12:11:48

Is that a first line or a general (and my!!) philosophy??grin

Elegran Sat 28-Sep-13 12:25:23

It's a reply to Gracemum and Ian42 (not a quote)

gracesmum Sat 28-Sep-13 12:40:45

I had never heard of Dorothy Rosaman Hartley - so well done Ian42

That was Hardy - Jude the Obscure.

"Eh bien, mon prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now no more than private estates of the Bonaparte family."

Penstemmon Sat 28-Sep-13 12:48:32

War and Peace

"Imagine a ruin so strange it must never have happened."

Ian42 Sat 28-Sep-13 13:13:10

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

" 'Let's wait just a bit longer, please,' said the girl in dark-blue trousers and the light summer coat. 'I'm sure there's one due pretty soon.' "

gracesmum Sat 28-Sep-13 20:44:46

Aha! Inspector Morse - Colin Dexter, I mean "Last Bus to Woodstock"!!

"Blessed be God, at the end of the last year I was in very good health, without any sense of my old pain but upon taking of cold. I lived in Axe-yard, having my wife and servant Jane, and no more in family then us three"

Deedaa Sat 28-Sep-13 21:06:48

Samuel Pepys??

There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.

Grannylin Sat 28-Sep-13 21:09:33

That's Jane Eyre!

It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love
( I love this book)

Enviousamerican Sun 29-Sep-13 02:41:49

Love in the time of cholera. I had the story,bit by bit,from various people,and,as generally happens in such cases,each time it was a different story.

Tegan Sun 29-Sep-13 10:29:23

Got the dvd of that Envious [lent to me by someone who knows the sort of films I like] but haven't watched it yet.

gracesmum Sun 29-Sep-13 11:31:48

Oh Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome!

(Cheating slightly here)

"When shall we three meet again, in thunder, lightning or in rain?"

JessM Sun 29-Sep-13 12:42:33

"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there"

Tegan Sun 29-Sep-13 12:57:16

The Go Between [I did know it but still had to google the name sad]. Saw a musical version of it a while back; was pretty good [once I'd got over the shock of everyone singing as I hadn't realised it was a musical blush].

gracesmum Sun 29-Sep-13 13:18:02

Can we have a reply to 11.31.48 before moving on please? smile

Ian42 Sun 29-Sep-13 13:27:51

Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1 William Shakespeare.

The truth is, if old Major Dover hadn't dropped dead at Taunton races Jim would never have come to Thursgood's at all.

Tegan Sun 29-Sep-13 13:59:37

Don't know that one but sounds like my kinda book wink...

gracesmum Sun 29-Sep-13 20:35:35

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?

"Mr Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes."

Enviousamerican Sun 29-Sep-13 20:42:20

Animal Farm. I was set down from the carrier's cart at the age of three; and there with a sense of bewilderment and terror my life in the village began.