Posted December 26, 2007on:
¹My life has been a life of trouble and turmoil; of change and vicissitude; of anger and exultation; of sorrow and vengeance. My sorrows have all been for a slighted gospel, and my vengeance has been wreaked on its adversaries. Therefore, in the might of heaven I will sit down and write: I will let the wicked of this world know what I have done in the faith of the promises, and justification by grave, that they may read and tremble, and bless their gods of silver and gold, that the minister of heaven was removed from their sphere before their blood was mingled with their sacrifices.
That’s how you do an opening.
From The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
¹Ok, technically it’s not the actual opening of the novel since the hero’s memoir starts further in the “Editor’s” narrative but you get what I’m saying. The actual novel’s opening works pretty well too,btw: it begins pretty hum drum which belies the ridiculous antics that begin further down the first page.