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08 June 2017

One of my favourite novels is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It has this opening sentence:

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”

For me, that first sentence arouses interest immediately: it gives information but makes the reader want to know more; it points the reader towards a distant, tantalising point in the future. As a teacher – and, more specifically, as a teacher of English Literature – it strikes me that the design and effect of a successful lesson have much in common with the design and effect of a successful novel...

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