Great title, even better opening line

$_35Just when I though nothing could be better than the title of Dan Mannix’s autobiography, Memoirs of a Sword-Swallower, I decided to read the opening line, which was, it turns out, even better:

I probably never would have become America’s leading fire-eater if Flamo the Great hadn’t happened to explode that night in front of Krinko’s Great Combined Carnival Sideshows.  (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1951, p.1)

I did not dare read on.