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Booking Through Thursday: Endings

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I had a couple of people (Readerville and Nithin) leave me suggestions in response to last week’s post on Beginnings, but this one was already on its way! I mean, it was the obvious next question….

What are your favourite final sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of its last sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the last line?


Again my memory has left me, I cannot recall any exact last lines of books.  However, I do recall being satisfied by the last line of Maps which I just finished.  I also really liked Poisonwood Bible and White Teeh for their endings.  I think that a good ending adds to the strength of a book and bad final line can ruin a reading experience.

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 9:32AM by Registered Commenter[beastmomma] | Comments10 Comments

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Reader Comments (10)

I agree: a good ending will bring satisfaction and a bad ending will leave the reader with a disagreeable taste in her mouth.
July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersally
Great minds think alike!
July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma
I would prefer any ending other than..they lived happily ever after!

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergautami tripathy
Yes, indeed.
July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma
I don't remember ending specifically, only if I was happy with them or not.
July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris
I do that as well Chris.
July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma
I am not good at remembering lines either.
July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterConfuzzled Books
I feel like it takes a special skill.
July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma
I remember really loving the ending of The Kite Runner, although I don't remember the exact last line either!
August 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
Oh yes, Kite Runner. That did have a good ending; I think the line was something about feeling free. Oh memory-- where have you gone?
August 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma

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