First lines quiz #11 – National Book Award 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 National Book Award Fiction Winners.

1. When he finished packing, he walked out on to the third-floor porch of the barracks brushing the dust from his hands, a very neat and deceptively slim young man in the summer khakis that were still early morning fresh.From Here to Eternity, James Jones – guessed by Emily

2. From the small crossed window of his room above the stable in the brickyard, Yakov Bok saw people in their long overcoats running somewhere early that morning, everybody in the same direction.The Fixer, Bernard Malamud

3. In those days cheap apartments were almost impossible to find in Manhattan, so I had to move to Brooklyn.Sophie’s Choice, William Styron

4. The station wagons arrived at noon, a long shining line that coursed through the west campus.White Noise, Don DeLillo – guessed by Kathy

5. The candleflame and the image of the candleflame caught in the pierglass twisted and righted when he entered the hall and again when he shut the door.All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy – guessed by Fyrefly

6. It was a bad time. Billy Boy Watkins was dead, and so was Frenchie Tucker.Going After Cacciato, Tim O’Brien

7. A screaming comes across the sky.Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

8. It goes a long way back, some twenty years.Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

9. The first time I saw Brenda she asked me to hold her glasses.Goodbye, Columbus, Phillip Roth

10. Last night at 3:00 a.m. President Kennedy had been killed.Tree of Smoke, Denis Johnson

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6 Responses to First lines quiz #11 – National Book Award Edition

  1. Kathy says:

    I think #4 is White Noise by Don Delillo. I’m not sure if I spelled the author’s name right.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday =-.

  2. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Kathy – yes, you’re right! Spelled right, too. 🙂

  3. Fyrefly says:

    #5 is All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy.

    Just a guess… #3 is maybe Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem?
    .-= Fyrefly´s last blog ..M. T. Anderson – The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party =-.

  4. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Fyrefly – you’re correct on #5 – but not on #3. 🙂

    I’ll be adding hints to the rest of them sometime today. I actually forgot about this quiz – I usually have a much bigger response!

  5. Emily says:

    Is #1 From Here to Eternity?