Here are the first sentences from the 3 books I am currently reading:
Between 1948 and 1952, tens of thousands of mutilating brain operations were performed on mentally ill men and women in countries around the world, from Portugal, where prefrontal leucotomy was introduced in 1935, to the United States, where under the name of "lobotomy" the procedure was widely used on patients from all walks of life."
"'Poet,' it says, 'died from the stab of a rose.' Must be a thorn that stabbed him. Who do you suppose that is?"
In later years, holding forth to an interviewer or to an audience of aging fans at a comic book convention, Sam Clay liked to declare, apropos of his and Joe Kavalier's greatest creation, that back when he was a boy, sealed and hog-tied inside the airtight vessel known as Brooklyn, New York, he had been haunted by dreams of Harry Houdini.