Last words.

Via the Now What website:

American Book Review published
its 100 Best First Lines from Novels in its January/February 2006
issue. I recently heard from co-publisher Charlie Harris that, in the
wake of that issue’s success, not to mention good time had fun on the
part of the participating editors, writers, and critics, next January ABR will publish a companion list: the 100 Best Last Lines from Novels.

Lance has a few there that he’s partial to; I would toss in the endings from the three pieces of The New York Trilogy, just to name something off of the top of my head.  Any ideas?


3 Replies to “Last words.”

  1. One of my favorites would be from The Sun also Rises:

    “Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

    Sad? Cynical? Hopeful? Depressing? Endearing? Repelent? All of the above.

  2. The last line of The Tunnel: “Or lay my mind down by sorrow’s side.” And The Recognitions: “He was the only person caught in the collapse, and afterward, most of his work was recovered too, and it is still spoke of, when it is noted, with high regard, though seldom played.” And the long last line of The Death of Virgil. And The Last Novel: Als ick can.

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