First lines quiz #10 – Newsweek’s Top 100 edition


~ I will post the first sentences of ten books. (I skip any beginning quotations or prefaces. If I think more than one sentence is necessary, I’ll post two.)
~ You guess the titles and authors and leave your guesses in the comments.
~ You don’t have to guess on all ten; guess on the ones you know.
~ I’ll update the post by putting the lines in bold and adding titles and authors when someone gets one correct.
~ Have fun!

All of today’s choices come from Newsweek’s Top 100: The Meta-List.

1. Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner – guessed by Melissa

2. You better not never tell nobody but God.The Color Purple, Alice Walker – guessed by Stacy

3. 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.Animal Farm, George Orwell – guessed by Pussreboots

4. The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out there.”In Cold Blood, Truman Capote – guessed by Kathy

5. They called him Moishe the Beadle, as if his entire life he had never had a surname.Night, Elie Wiesel – guessed by Bonnie and Mindy

6. ‘What’s it going to be then, eh?’A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess – guessed by Susi

7. They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did.Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys – guessed by Jules

8. They’re out there.One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey – guessed by Melissa

9. To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth.The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck – guessed by Bonnie

10. Except for the Marabar Caves – and they are twenty miles off – the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary.A Passage to India, E.M. Forster – This one was a stumper.

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14 Responses to First lines quiz #10 – Newsweek’s Top 100 edition

  1. Kathy says:

    Sadly, the only one I know is #4 – In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday =-.

  2. stacybuckeye says:

    2 is The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    .-= stacybuckeye´s last blog ..What Book is That? Take Three =-.

  3. Susi says:

    Only one I know off the top of my head is #6: ‘A Clockwork Orange’, by Anthony Burgess.

  4. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Kathy, Stacy, and Susi – yes, yes, and yes!

  5. Bonnie says:

    # 7 is Night, by Elie Wiesel. I think :). #9 is The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck.
    .-= Bonnie´s last blog ..Quick Review: The Horse and His Boy, by C.S. Lewis =-.

  6. Bonnie says:

    Whoops. Make that #5 is Night.
    .-= Bonnie´s last blog ..Quick Review: The Horse and His Boy, by C.S. Lewis =-.

  7. Mindy Withrow
    Twitter: mindywithrow

    #5 is Elie Wiesel’s NIGHT!
    .-= Mindy Withrow´s last blog ..Shorts on the web =-.

  8. pusserboots says:

    #3 is Animal Farm by George Orwell.

  9. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Pussreboots – yes it is!

  10. Jules says:

    Number 7 sounds like “Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys.
    .-= Jules´s last blog ..An Award! =-.

  11. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Jules – yes, you’re correct!

  12. #1 – the sound and the fury
    #8 – one flew over the cuckoo’s nest
    .-= melissa moore´s last blog ..Japan, Day 3 =-.

  13. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Melissa – yes to both!

  14. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Thanks for playing, everyone! I added the answer to #10, the only one that wasn’t guessed – it’s A Passage to India by E.M. Forster