Opening line

Opening line

Just had the wind knocked out of me by this sentence:

That spring when life was very hard and I was at war with my lot and simply couldn’t see where there was to get to, I seemed to cry most on escalators at train stations.

It’s the opening line Things I Don’t Want to Know, a response to Orwell’s Why I Write, by Deborah Levy. Clunky, grammatically suspect, disordered – it’s a beautiful sentence that settles like a silk parachute.