Saturday 27 April 2013

The first line of 1984

''It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.''

I have no reason to quote the opening line of 1984. Well, yes I do, I have two: 1)it is still April and I had wanted this line which pictures the month in a nutshell on the blog for a while and 2)it is a funny line, for the incipit of such a grim novel. Read it again if you haven't notice it.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

It immediately sounds a discordant note that things are not, somehow, normal. Combined with most people's associations of bad luck with the number 13, it's quite a foreboding opening, I think.

Cynthia said...

I haven't read this novel in a long time!