He has just published a book of biographical-historical fiction, The Passages of Herman Melville. (He is also the author of The Last Station, a novel about the life of Leo Tolstoy, recently made into a film.) Like so many others, Mr. Parini thinks the first line of Moby Dick is hard to beat: "Call me Ishmael."
|One Malaysian, agog.|
I do love a catchy opening line, but I wonder if the first line should be the first priority, especially in the absence of a plot. I also wonder if this fellow had to return the grant money. The idea that a writer might receive a five-figures grant in US dollars for writing one line would certainly leave most of Malaysia agog.