Last Words

Thanks to the beloved GalleyCat Twitter feed, I happened upon a link to Flavorwire — tweeted by BookBench — that had a list of 20 famous last lines in literature. I sifted through the list quickly, amused by the lines chosen, but also the titles featured. Read the rest of the entry for more, including my favorites of the 20.

The List

  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” by Flannery O’Connor (from The Complete Stories)
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace
  • If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • C by Tom McCarthy
  • “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” by J.D. Salinger (from Nine Stories)
  • “The Falls,” by George Saunders (from Pastoralia)
  • The Hundred Brothers by Donald Antrim
  • Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
  • Out by Ronald Sukenick
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “The School,” by Donald Barthelme (from Sixty Stories)

My Favorites

  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

‘It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.’

  • Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

‘There, in front of us, where a broken row of houses stood between us and the harbor, and where the eye encountered all sorts of stratagems, such as pale-blue and pink underwear cakewalking on a clothesline, or a lady’s bicycle and a striped cat oddly sharing a rudimentary balcony of cast iron, it was most satisfying to make out among the jumbled angles of roofs and walls, a splendid ship’s finnel, showing from behind the clothesline as something in a scrambled picture – Find What the Sailor Has Hidden – that the finder cannot unsee once it has been seen.’

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