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Famous Last Words - A List Of Book Ends

It's said that the beginning paragraph of a book has to be extra memorable and evocative, because you want to draw the reader into the tale. It is also as important to make the last words some sort of super summation.

Here is an assortment of the last words to great books. [DE]

 

JOSEF K (THE TRIAL)

 

Author: Frank Kafka

“The dogs!”

 

CATHERINE BARKLEY (A FAREWELL TO ARMS)

 

Author: Ernest Hemingway

“Don’t worry, darling. I’m not a bit afraid. It’s just a dirty trick.”

 

CAPTAIN FLINT (TREASURE ISLAND)

 

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

“Fetch aft the rum, Darby.”

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LAST WORDS IN LITERATURE

If you knew you were about to meet your maker you’d try and make your last words before you shifted off this mortal coil pretty darn special, eh?

Literary characters are no different.

 

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http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/books/last-words-in-literature

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I don't have a copy of the book to check . . .

. . . but I think the last line of "A River Runs Throught It'' is "I am haunted by water.''

Or perhaps that was the movie version. A fine last line whichever.

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Dale, Thank you for sharing

Dale,

Thank you for sharing Last Words in Literature's website. I'm fascinated by  last lines, last words and the last laugh. Ten, twenty, a hundred thousand words or more coalesce into the author's last sentence.

Steve, I'm mixing my media- I wanted to click a like button after reading your reply to Dale.

Jules