I caught a bit of this interview on The Current with literary critic Stanley Fish who recently wrote a book called, How to Write a Sentence and How to Read One. Professor Fish is a self-described connoisseur of fine sentences. “Some appreciate fine art; others appreciate fine wines. I appreciate fine sentences.”
Herewith is the delightful interview Professor Fish had with Anna Maria Tremonte yesterday on The Current. Give it a listen here.
My long time favourite opening sentence is from Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It goes like this:
“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”
This is the one sentence I have always been able to remember and it’s the one sentence that still makes me think and feel. Do you have a favourite sentence?