This Fall the Miscellany’s weekly contest asks you to identify books from their opening lines. Here is the second entry. You are encouraged not to Google but we have no way, of course, of verifying that you didn’t. Email werneri or workm with your answers by Fri. 10/11 at 3pm. The winner will be picked at random from all the correct entries received and will receive a prize (tbd).
(As no one wrote in with all the correct answers to the first edition of the quiz no prize was awarded. As luck would have it the prize that week was a brand new iPad 3 autographed by Thomas Pynchon! Unfortunately, it’s no longer available–ah well, that’s how it goes.)
1. “Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo.”
2. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”
3. “129 lbs. (but post-Christmas), alcohol units 14 (but effectively covers 2 days as 4 hours of party was on New Year’s Day), cigarettes 22, calories 5424.”
4. “That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me”
5. “It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not.”
Email werneri or workm with your answers by Fri. 10/11 at 3pm