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A celebration of great opening lines in literature.

“They had flown from England to Minneapolis to look at a toilet. The simple truth of this only struck Annie when they were actually inside it: apart from the graffiti on the walls, some of which made some kind of reference to the toilet’s importance in musical history, it was dank, dark, smelly and entirely unremarkable.”
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (Riverhead Books, $26)