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Saturday, April 26, 2008

100 Best Last Lines From Novels

American Book Review listed the 100 best last lines from novels. Here are some:

6. “Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” –Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (1926)

10. Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigue, I have had my vision. –Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927)

14. Ah Bartleby! Ah humanity! –Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener (1853)

27. Is it possible for anyone in Germany, nowadays, to raise his right hand, for whatever the reason, and not be flooded by the memory of a dream to end all dreams? –Walter Abish, How German Is It? (1980)

37. P.S. Sorry I forgot to give you the mayonnaise.–Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America (1967)

41. I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath, and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth. –Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847)

63. The key to the treasure is the treasure. –John Barth, “Dunyazadiad” from Chimera (1972)

71. So that, in the end, there was no end. –Patrick White, The Tree of Man (1955)

77. “Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.” –Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind (1936)

100. “GOOD GRIEF—IT’S DADDY!” –Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg, Candy (1958)


The Bookshelf said...

I love this post. Turn this into a series?:)

Lulu said...

bookshelf: :) I am glad you liked it. I will do my best to include more posts related to this one. Thanks for your visit.


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