If you like to read (and let’s face it – you’re in the wrong place otherwise) then maybe you have some favorite sentences. Single ones that stand out in your brain from all the books and essays and everything you’ve read.
Some sentences are great because they’re full of emotion, or profoundly insightful, or funny, or because they perfectly capture some feeling you’ve always had but could never express.
But sometimes a sentence is great just for the way it sounds, the sheer mechanical construction of it.
Lolita is a deeply weird book on many levels, but I give Nabokov credit for one thing, at least. He wrote what is probably the best-sounding sentence I’ve ever heard. And it’s in the very first paragraph. He’s describing what it’s like to pronounce the girl’s name, so not only is it a good-sounding sentence, it’s a sentence about sound.
Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.
(Technically that’s a sentence plus three more syllables. But. Oh. Well.)
Any sentences you like for their sound or construction?