Great opening paragraph 56… ‘Lord of the Flies’ #amwriting #FirstPara

William Golding“The boy with the fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way towards the lagoon. Though he had taken off his school sweater and trailed it now from one hand, his grey shirt stuck to him and his hair was plastered to his forehead. All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat. He was clambering heavily among the creepers and the broken trunks when a bird, a vision of red and yellow, flashed upwards with a witch-like cry; and this cry was echoed by another.”
‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding
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Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:-
‘Death in Summer’ by William Trevor
‘Fair Exchange’ by Michele Forbes
‘Herzog’ by Saul Bellow

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Comments

  1. Lord of the Flies was shocking when I read it at a tender age. Great opening but can’t equal the opening of PD James’ Unnatural Causes: “The corpse without hands lay in the bottom of a small sailing dinghy…… ” but then I’m a mystery person! Good post – shows the important of the first line of a book.

    • Thx Noelle. I find as a writer that when I read a book with a great opening paragraph, I jump on it. I don’t write mysteries, but I do like reading them. SD

  2. I remember first reading this book for my tenth grade English class. I think everyone should read it once. As for me, it was such a gut-wrenching read, I can’t bring myself to revisit the novel now.

  3. The Lord of the Flies and Catcher in the Rye made me rethink childhood and humanity.
    Yes, an excellent beginning in Flies. Rye is not as visually descriptive but of Holden Caulfield’s internal dialogue, still a beginning to grab you. I always think of these two books together.