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Yet Another Awesome Opener

I love the first sentence of Bill Bryson's Shakespeare:The World As Stage


Before he came into a lot of money in 1839, Richard Plantagenet Temple Nugent Brydges Chandos Grenville,second Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, led a largely uneventful life.


Half the words in the sentence are the guys name and title. It's no wonder he had led an uneventful life. Half of it was probably taken up in personal introductions.

Kidding aside, it made me want to read on. Even though ridiculously long noun phrases often don't work, the one in this sentence helped to build suspense. It's probably more accurately called a proper noun phrase. I've never heard the term "proper noun phrase",but that's probably because it was unnecessary before the above sentence was written.

It also does a good job of raising questions the reader wants answered. What happened after he came into money? What the heck does this have to do with William Shakespeare?

I need to find out how to make hierarchical tags in livejournal. I run across enough awesome openers to make it a subtag of books.

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