Friday, September 17, 2010
Without further ado, here's the opening line from Hemingway's "Death in the Afternoon":
"At the first bullfight I ever went to I expected to be horrified and perhaps sickened by what I had been told would happen to the horses."
This opening line has everything that Hemingway intended. You feel that you don't really want to know what is going to happen to the horses, because you can pretty much guess. That said, you still kind of want to know and it makes you want to read on. Another example of Hemingway playing with you right away. A strong literary technique to open a book, in my opinion. What do you think?