/ Best ending to a book ?

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LaMentalist on 29 Jan 2013
So on the back of Denni's question what is your favourite conclusion to a book ?

A few that spring to mind for me immediately would be ....

Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard ( much more satisfying than Tarantinos Jackie Brown version I think ) .

Shadow over Babylon by David Mason . ( Too close for comfort ) .

The Feather men ~ Sir Ranulph Fiennes , way more plausible than the Killer Elite conclusion .
melto1664 - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to LaMentalist: Mervyn Peakes ending for Titus Alone. Totally unexpected and a great ending for the trilogy.
ice.solo - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to LaMentalist:

100 years of solitude
Jon Stewart - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to LaMentalist:

Perfume. Brilliant book, amazing ending.
Alyson - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to LaMentalist:

The Old Man and The Sea - Hemingway
Atonement - McEwan
Jon Stewart - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Alyson:
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> Atonement - McEwan

Yes, very good that. It's almost the same book as The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood though.
Alyson - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Jon Stewart: I've read both and Atonement really stuck in my mind, but The Blind Assassin didn't. I don't know if that says more about the books or about me!

I think what I love about Atonement is the way the whole story is playing with the theme of narrative and who the storyteller is - obviously with major consequences in the first half - and then the surprise ending is kind of proof of its own thesis. It plays with our whole sense of believing and trusting the narrator. Very cleverly done.
MonkeyPuzzle - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to ice.solo:
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> 100 years of solitude

Snap.
MonkeyPuzzle - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Jon Stewart:
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> Perfume. Brilliant book, amazing ending.

Not as good as 100 Years... but still brilliant. I love how the narrator revels in all of the characters' misfortune.
Chris the Tall - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Alyson:
I loved Atonement, but I have this feeling that they did the ending slightly different, and slightly better in the film

The similarity with the Blind Assasin is a bit tenous, and I agree its not as memorable (unlike The Handmaid's Tale)

I do like books with unreliable narrators
Motown - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Jon Stewart: Loved book, but struggled with ending. Felt out of place with 'reality' of the text.
Motown - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to LaMentalist: Catch-22 - Joseph Heller. A joy every time.
ice.solo - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to MonkeyPuzzle:

Yep. Only ending i know of where it turns out you are more than just the reader.
Marquez is his own level of genius.
psaunders - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to ice.solo: Yes, has to be 100 years of solitude.

Well... that's that question answered. Case closed.
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Tom V - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to LaMentalist:


Someone threw a dead dog after him down the ravine.

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