View Full Version : Let's again play name that novel - from the back!

03-28-2006, 07:39 PM
Hi everybody,

This thread is an offshoot from the one where you try to name the novel from the first line. It occured to me that some last lines are more famous than first lines. I'll not quote one obvious example, as somebody may like to use it here.

OK, I go first:

Hot Dog!


03-30-2006, 11:49 PM
Can we have the second-to-last line? :D

03-31-2006, 10:08 AM
Sorry, I don't remember it :o - and I don't have the book with me.

A clue: It's a novel about the second world war.

04-02-2006, 10:36 PM
Hmmm...I think I made it too tough-or too uninteresting.

Anyway, the novel was "The Naked and the Dead" by Norman Mailer.

Has anyone out there another last line to contribute?

04-03-2006, 12:32 AM
Ayuh, here is one:

"I've put down my scrivener's pen. These days I prefer not to."

04-09-2006, 11:19 PM
If anybody is following this thread, my last lines were from Bag of Bones.

04-09-2006, 11:51 PM
How 'bout this one?

He knelt by the bed and bent over her, draining their last moment to its lees; and in the silence there passed between them the word which made it all clear.

04-12-2006, 11:33 PM
Need a hint? The main character's name is Lily.

Forbidden Snowflake
04-13-2006, 05:28 PM
For me it needs more than that hint. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteShrug.gif

04-13-2006, 10:53 PM
:D Ok. It's House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. Anyone else have one?

04-15-2006, 05:36 PM
An easy one:

"Tomorrow is another day!"

Forbidden Snowflake
04-15-2006, 06:04 PM
Gone with the Wind?

04-15-2006, 06:08 PM
"My mother died today or was it yesterday. I don't remember."

04-15-2006, 09:01 PM
The Stranger? I had thought that was the 1st line, but maybe it was repeated at the end? Anyway, I liked that one. Very weird.

04-15-2006, 09:03 PM
Oh, but I think it's Forbidden Snowflakes' turn.

Forbidden Snowflake
04-15-2006, 10:00 PM
Oh, then I'm right? :D I wasn't sure.

The creature outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

04-15-2006, 10:17 PM
Animal Farm, by George Orwell.

(threw me there for a minute; it's "The creatures outside looked ..." )

Try this one:

He wrote on a while longer now and there was no sign that any of it would ever cease returning to him intact.

04-17-2006, 01:20 PM
no one?

Hint: the author's first initial is the same as the initial letter of the last word in the title.

04-23-2006, 03:26 AM
(Edit: Oops. Didn't see the last one, and couldn't answer it anyway, sorry)

Here's one:

I leave it to be settled, by whomsoever it may concern, whether the tendency of this work be altogether to recommend parental tyranny, or reward filial disobedience.

04-27-2006, 10:30 AM
Pthom's was Garden of Eden.

Here's mine:
"So it goes."

05-17-2006, 12:25 PM
Sounds familiar...but since I only read magazines from the back (not novels), I don't have a clue where this comes from.