Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
First sentence: "The writer, an old man with a white mustache, had some difficulty in getting into bed."
Quote #1: In bed the writer had a dream that was not a dream."
Quote #2: "You must try to forget all you've learned. You must begin to dream. From this time on you must shut your ears to the roaring of the voices."
Quote #3: The third favorite quote is a cluster of quotes spread out in the chapter called "Loneliness."
- "The story of Enoch is in fact the story of a room almost more than it is the story of a man."
- "There must have been two dozen of the shadow people, invented by the child-mind of Enoch Robinson, who lived in the room with him.
- "Out she went through the door and all the life there had been in the room followed her out."
If you're unfamiliar with the odd format of these book posts, read this post. It is my impression that nothing here is a "spoiler," otherwise I would have omitted it. I was introduced to Anderson in my L251 American Literature class in college and was interested in the characters he created. So I rummaged through Every Other Book and found this complete copy. It comes highly recommended from me.
Next up: Matilda by Roald Dahl