Today’s topic for our #SeasonsReadings I felt was really rather naff (sorry Penguin!) I am therefore adapting the much more thoughtful topic #1, which I missed and would like to discuss…
15. Iconic first line
‘Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’
Specific translations aside, this is, more or less, the famous first line of Leo Tolstoy’s mammoth classic novel Anna Karenina. Despite the fact that I haven’t yet read it, the power of this famous line excites me all the same and acts as the hook in the relationship between book-loving concierge Renée Michel and resident Kakuro Ozu in Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog; a heart-warming novel that is the ultimate celebration of bookish introverts everywhere (the wonderful French film is also worth a watch).