*JM Coetzee became an Australian citizen in 2006, but was born in South Africa, from Afrikaner parents. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2003, among other numerous awards for lifetime achievement. I especially like his autobiographical “novels”, Boyhood and Youth, and their quite unusual tone.
Disgrace also marked me a lot.
Today I would like to quote the first unforgettable sentence of this novel:
For a man de son age 52, divorced, he has, to his mind, solved the problem of sex rather well.
Coetzee, J. M., (1999) Disgrace, London, Random House.
And you, do you have novel first sentences which have stayed with you for a long time?