“Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?”

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Part of the opening lines from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. Here’s the complete passage:

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like “I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive….” And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: “Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?”

From Adam Wilson’s Favorite Opening Lines in Literature. The other 29 are here.

One thought on ““Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?”

  1. alexdonald March 8, 2010 / 6:45 am

    I think that’s one of my favourite opening lines ever! I also love the opening line from I Capture The Castle – “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink…” – a very different book, but another favourite of mine.

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