Booking Through Thursday

Here’s another idea about memorable first lines from books.

What are your favourite first sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of its first sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the first line?

I rarely remember exact lines from books. I remember moods, characters, settings, maybe the gist of a conversation. Off hand, I can’t think of any opening lines that would have stayed with me.