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Best Last Lines

September 8, 2009

Posted by Rick

We’ve all heard about the importance of a great first sentence in a story. But what about the last? While the beginning fires our imaginations and gets us into the book, it is that final image that lingers.

Here is a link to the American Book Review’s “100 Best Last Lines from Novels.” They range from 1759’s “Tristam Shandy,” to 2006’s “The Open Curtain.”

What do you think? Any here that strike your imagination? And how important do you think a last line is? Take a look and see if there are some you’d add.

(Thanks to Utne Reader online for reminding me of this list.)

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One comment

  1. […] Writing Blog blog of the MFA Creative Writing Students at the University of New Mexico « Best Last Lines 100 Best First Lines of Novels September 8, 2009 Posted by […]



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