The American Book Review released a list of what they consider the 100 Best First Lines from Novels. It's a pretty interesting list, and some of my personal favorites made the cut:
#5. Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. —Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)
#6. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. —Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877; trans. Constance Garnett)
#16. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. —J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
#65. You better not never tell nobody but God. —Alice Walker, The Color Purple (1982)
#82. I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. —Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)
You can also check out their list of 100 Best LAST Lines from Novels.
So what are some of your favorite openings and closings of novels?