mercredi 1 octobre 2014

Incipits: Melville, The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles

Take five-and-twenty heaps of cinders dumped here and there in an outside city lot; imagine some of them magnified into mountains, and the vacant lot the sea; and you will have a fit idea of the general aspect of the Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles.

Herman MELVILLE, The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles, 1854.

vendredi 26 septembre 2014

Incipits: Melville, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo!

In all parts of the world many high-spirited revolts from rascally despotisms had of late been knocked on the head; many dreadful casualties, by locomotive and steamer, had likewise knocked hundreds of high-spirited travellers on the head (I lost a dear friend in one of them); my own private affairs were also full of despotisms, casualties, and knockings on the head, when early one morning in spring, being too full of hypos to sleep, I sallied out to walk on my hill-side pasture.

Herman MELVILLE, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! or The Crowing of the Noble Cock Beneventano, 1853.

dimanche 21 septembre 2014

Incipits: Melville, Bartleby

I am a rather elderly man.

Herman MELVILLE, Bartleby, 1853.

lundi 1 septembre 2014

Incipits: Aragon, Entretiens avec Francis Crémieux

CRÉMIEUX : Monsieur Aragon, croyez-moi, au seuil de ces entretiens je ne suis pas plus rassuré que ça.

Louis ARAGON, Entretiens avec Francis Crémieux, 1964.

lundi 9 juin 2014

Incipits: George Gissing, New Grub Street

As the Milvains sat down to breakfast the clock of Wattleborough parish church struck eight; it was two miles away, but the strokes were borne very distinctively on the west wind this autumn morning.

George GISSING, New Grub Street, 1891.

lundi 2 juin 2014

Incipits: Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

You don't know about me, without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer but that ain't no matter.

Mark TWAIN, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1884.

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