Great opening paragraph 70… ‘Hard-Boiled Wonderland…’ #amwriting #FirstPara

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World“The elevator continued its impossibly slow ascent. Or at least I imagined it was ascent. There was no telling for sure: it was so slow that all sense of direction simply vanished. It could have been going down for all I knew, or maybe it wasn’t moving at all. But let’s assume it was going up. Merely a guess. Maybe I’d gone up twelve stories, then down three. Maybe I’d circled the glove. How would I know?”
‘Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World’ by Haruki Murakami

Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:-
‘Slaughterhouse 5’ by Kurt Vonnegut Jr
‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen
‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov


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HARD-BOILED WONDERLAND AND THE END OF THE WORLD by Haruki Murakami #books via @SandraDanby

4 thoughts on “Great opening paragraph 70… ‘Hard-Boiled Wonderland…’ #amwriting #FirstPara

  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt

    Murakami is a sensation for many readers but I can’t read his work. Got half way through The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and decided I’d given too many hours of my time to a book I didn’t enjoy and couldn’t relate to. I respect your admiration for the opening paragraph of Hard-Boiled but my frustrated experience with Bird left me unwilling to try another of his books.
    Did you like the book as well as the opening?


      1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt

        Sandra, would you especially recommend this book, (besides the opening) or any of his others? I’d be willing to try another of his books if it came with a glowing recommendation from someone whom I admire.


        1. sandradan1 Post author

          I started with ‘Norwegian Wood’, perhaps try that. Probably more accessible when you are not used to his style. I’m very fond of Murakami, there’s no-one quite like him! 🙂



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