Lines of power


Do particular lines from novels speak to you? Bowl you over with their power?

The lines “That was I. That was me. That was the author of this book.” from

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut keep rattling around in my brain. They are (as I remember it) the only first-person lines in the book. Vonnegut toys with the fiction/nonfiction barrier with a fictional account of someone who lived through a real event (the Dresden bombing). Those three lines bring an immediacy, a reality to it. Those three lines suck you right into the reality he constructed. I love the whole book, but those three lines will live with me forever.

I hope to someday write a line like that. What lines speak to you (and why)?


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