For amateur writers like me that want to get something published, a lot of fuss is made about the holy grail that is the perfect first chapter. It seems like the most brilliant piece ever will be destined for unpublished purgatory if it doesn't have a flawless opening. I struggle with this a little because I can't seem to identify with it. I don't read the first chapter of a book before buying it. I generally don't make up my mind about a book until I'm a good 100 pages in. I personally can't think of a "perfect first chapter" that was a make or break for me, so it is hard to study what makes one. To that end, I ask you, readers and writers, which books have what you think is a dynamite first chapter? If you had to show someone the apex of literature's opening paragraphs, what would they be?