First Line Fridays #4 3rd July 2020

Friday, July 03, 2020

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!


It's Friday again and it's time for First Line Fridays. For today FLF, I will choose a lines from a story that I've just finished. To be honest, I think I should read the story again because, even though it's only a short story, it contained a lot of philosophical thought.

So, here is the first lines for today's FLF.

With a clamor of bells that set the swallows soaring, the Festival of Summer came to the city Omelas, bright-towered by the sea.

Actually, in this first line, you can exactly know what's the story it is, right?

The Ones who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin



Some inhabitants of a peaceful kingdom cannot tolerate the act of cruelty that underlies its happiness.
The story "Omelas" was first published in New Dimensions 3, a hard-cover science fiction anthology edited by Robert Silverberg, in October 1973, and the following year it won Le Guin the prestigious Hugo Award for best short story.
It was subsequently printed in her short story collection The Wind's Twelve Quarters in 1975.
I read this book because of Spring Day by BTS. Yep, it is believed that the music video of Spring Day used this story as reference. So, to know more about the story, I decided to read it.

That's all for today's FLF. How about you, guys?



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