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100 Books With the Best Closing Lines

Stylist Magazine compiled a list of their favourite closing lines, "because, whilst the beginning of a book may get all the glory, it's the ending that really stays with you. A vague last line casts a shadow over the entire novel, whereas a powerful and poignant one will keep you wondering for weeks to come."
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
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To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
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Animal Farm (George Orwell)
Animal Farm (George Orwell)
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Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
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The House at Pooh Corner (A.A.Milne)
The House at Pooh Corner (A.A.Milne)
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The Time Traveller's Wife
The Time Traveller's Wife
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The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
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Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
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Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
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P.S. I Love You
P.S. I Love You
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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web
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The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
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A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
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A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
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Dracula
Dracula
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Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are
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The End of the Affair
The End of the Affair
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The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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Wild Swans
Wild Swans
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Origin of Species
Origin of Species
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Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
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The Makioka Sisters - Junichiro Tanizaki
The Makioka Sisters - Junichiro Tanizaki
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Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
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Like Water for Chocolate
Like Water for Chocolate
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Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
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Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
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The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
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The Awakening
The Awakening
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The Beach
The Beach
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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Frankenstein
Frankenstein
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Watership Down (Richard Adams)
Watership Down (Richard Adams)
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Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
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The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
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