Advent Calendar 3rd December – Most memorable opening line

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Folio society editionSo many options for this leap to mind*, but my choice is from Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. It’s almost the perfect book but that opening line: “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink” is so memorable, humorous and intriguing. I re-read this book every year or two and always find delight in it. The copy in the picture is my Folio Society edition. There are other editions in the house – a wrinkled, reading in the bath copy and a more respectable paperback… Smith is best known now for 101 Dalmations but this is her masterpiece.

*Iain Banks’ The Crow Road was a close second with “It was the day my grandmother exploded.” Tricky things, pacemakers.

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  1. Cat says:

    I like both of those – a lot!
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