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Last Lines of Great Books: SPOILER ALERT!

Last Lines to Great BooksY'all had a lot to say about some of the opening lines featured in last month's blog post "First Sentences of Great Books." Did the energy that made those books famous seem present from the get-go? Few of you seemed to agree. The spice of life! So I thought it'd be fun to see how some great books are brought to a close. With a bang, whimper, whisper? Do the last lines wrap these book up neatly, or do they leave you with a sense of unease and continuation? You be the judge, and let me know what you think in the comments section below. [But don't be mad at me if it spoils the ending for you!]. Also, "great" is defined by me for the purposes of this article as the bunch of books that were within easy reach on my closest bookshelf.
She watched the dark highway and entertained me with her vegetable-soup song, except that now there were people mixed in with the beans and potatoes: Dwayne Ray, Mattie, Esperanza, Lou Ann and all the rest. And me. I was the main ingredient.
- from The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver


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