Great opening paragraph 53… ‘Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World’ #amwriting #FirstPara

Haruki Murakami“The elevator continued its impossibly slow ascent. Or at least I imagined it was ascent. There was no telling for sure: it was so slow that all sense of direction simply vanished. It could have been going down for all I knew, or maybe it wasn’t moving at all. But let’s assume it was going up. Merely a guess. Maybe I’d gone up twelve stories, then down three. Maybe I’d circled the glove. How would I know?”
‘Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World’ by Haruki Murakami

Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:-
‘Mara and Dann’ by Doris Lessing
‘The Ghost Road’ by Pat Barker
‘The L-Shaped Room’ by Lynn Reid Banks

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A 1st para which makes me want to read more: HARD-BOILED WONDERLAND by Haruki Murakami #books via @SandraDanby


  1. I love Murakami… “Kafka on the Shore” & “1Q84” are my favorite books by him… However; I haven´t read this one.. Thanks for sharing, Aquileana 😛