First lines of novels are often quoted, the first promise of the story yet to come, but last lines can linger long after the book has been forgotten. Those last lines can offer a philosophy or a mantra.
Among my favorites:
“An excellent year’s progress.” Bridget Jones Diary by Fielding
“But this was how Paris was in the early days, when we were poor and very happy.” A Moveable Feast by Hemingway
“I ran with the wind blowing in my face, and a smile as wide as the valley of Panjshir on my lips. I ran.” The Kite Runner by Hosseini
“He is coming, and I am here.” The Time Traveler’s Wife by Niffenegger
And, of course …
The “American Book Review” has an alphabetical list – here.
Do you have a last line that you jotted down when the book ended?
- The Paris Wife (ncbookbunch.wordpress.com)
Yes! My favorite is from a book by Jeannette Winterson, “The Passion,” — “I don’t know if this is a happy ending, but here we are let loose in open fields.”
Thanks for giving me another book to add to my “to read” list.
It’s actually from “Written on the Body,” a better book by the same author. Sorry! I got mixed up and then realized it later. Both are excellent books, though.