Gripping Openers: Congrats to David RR

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Congrats to David rr who correctly ID-ied the opening lines quoted below as from Earthly Powers (actually a a mere 649 pages in the Penguin paperback) by the prolific Anthony Burgess. For the record, and as a nod to Mr. Burgess, whose masterful touch with the 81st birthday I had forgotten, here’s the actual opening:

It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me. 

Sadly, China Blog t-shirt sold out long, long ago, so David will have to be satisfied with savoring the sweetness of victory alone.