Endings, as we all know, are important. An entire novel can be ruined by a disappointing ending, but by the same token, an entire novel can be made by a wonderful one. We’ve already given you a rundown of our favorite opening lines in literature, but since every beginning needs an ending (and you’d be surprised at how many works with awesome first lines also have awesome last lines – or perhaps you wouldn’t be surprised), we feel compelled to treat you to a list of our favorite last lines as well. Click through for 20 of our favorite endings from our bookshelf of classic and contemporary greats, and let us know your own picks for best last lines in the comments.
I was not sure they would include it, but my Number 1 favorite last line is from The Great Gatsby. It is a last line that even has some impact if you have not read the rest of the book, but will completely wreck you if you have read it, especially if you have read it straight through all at once. Gatsby is a book I think everyone should read in as close to one sitting as possible..it is just that powerful.