One Liners: Anita Brookner’s The Debut

October 25, 2014 One Liners 1

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away?

Today’s book is Anita Brookner’s The Debut and this one really intrigues me. Makes me want to flirt a little to see where things will go.

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Without reading the synopsis or anything else, what’s the verdict? Are you intrigued or walk away? Maybe flirt a little to see where it goes?

One Response to “One Liners: Anita Brookner’s The Debut”

  1. alison brodie

    It leaves me intrigued. Anita Brookner is like a card shark: she keeps her cards close to her chest, and plays them little by little. A great writer.

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