Great Opening Paragraph 36… ‘The Bell Jar’ #amwriting #FirstPara

Sylvia Plath“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York. I’m stupid about executions. The idea of being electrocuted makes me sick, and that’s all there was to read about in the papers – goggle-eyed headlines staring up at me on every street corner and at the fusty, peanut-selling mouth of every subway. It had nothing to do with me, but I couldn’t help wondering what it would be like, being burned alive all along your nerves.”
‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath

Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:-
‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen
‘The Secret Agent’ by Joseph Conrad
‘After You’d Gone’ by Maggie O’Farrell

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A 1st para which makes me want to read more: THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath #books via @SandraDanby


  1. I bought this book just two days ago and its currently in my book ‘queuing’ system. If it lives up to the first sentence, it will prove to be a terrific read …