100 best last lines from novels

the american book review lists the top 100 best last lines from novels (link is a pdf), including:

16. Then I went back into the house and wrote, It is midnight. The rain is beating on the windows. It was not midnight. It was not raining. –Samuel Beckett, Molloy (1951, trans. Patrick Bowles)

24. Go, my book, and help destroy the world as it is. –Russell Banks, Continental Drift (1985)

33. It was the nightmare of real things, the fallen wonder of the world. –Don DeLillo,The Names (1982)

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

43. Columbus too thought he was a flop, probably, when they sent him back in ains. Which didn’t prove there was no America. –Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March (1953)

86. He waited for someone to tell him who to be next. –Brian Evenson, The Open Curtain (2006)

3 thoughts on “100 best last lines from novels”

  1. Aaack! Quote number 98 has the f-word in it!
    How dare you, sir! How dare you!
    Oh sinful linkage!

    Seriously, though –
    very cool.

  2. I am sad that the last book in the Narnia series wasn’t included. That book has the last best line in it. It gives me shivers every time I read it!

  3. J.T. has just forced all youth workers to pull up the pdf and subject themselves to the dreaded #98.

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