Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish
This week’s topic: Top Ten Beginnings/Endings In Literature
I’m on vacation so I had to cobble this together without the luxury of my bookshelf before me! Beginnings were super easy because of the Amazon “look inside” feature so I could get the quotes for my fave beginnings but my endings were ones I loved and could find online or just remembered I loved the ending but have no quote.
“Dear Friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don’t try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I really don’t want you to do that.”
“My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die. I counted.” What an attention grabbing first line!
“I AM A COWARD. I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was. I have always been good at pretending. I spent the first twelve years of my life playing the Battle of Stirling Bridge with my five big brothers — and even though I am a girl, they let me be William Wallace, who is supposed to be one of our ancestors, because I did the most rousing battle speeches. God, I tried hard last week. My God, I tried. But now I know I am a coward. After the ridiculous deal I made with SS- Hauptsturmfuhrer von Linden, I know I am a coward. And I’m going to give you anything you ask, everything I can remember. Absolutely Every Last Detail.”
“I’ve been locked up for 264 days. I have nothing but a small notebook and a broken pen and the numbers in my head to keep me company. 1 window. 4 walls. 144 square feet of space. 26 letters in an alphabet I haven’t spoken in 264 days of isolation. 6,336 hours since I’ve touched another human being.” >> I was so pulled in from the start with this first paragraph
“The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Like, I will probably never be struck by lightning, or win a Nobel Prize, or become the dictator of a small nation in the Pacific Islands, or contract terminal ear cancer, or spontaneously combust. But if you consider he unlikely things together, at least one of them will probably happen to each of us. I could have seen it rain frogs. I could have stepped foot on Mars. I could have been eaten by a whale. I could have married the queen of England or survived months at sea. But my miracle was different. My miracle was this: out of all the houses in all the subdivisions in all of Florida, I ended up living next door to Margo Roth Spiegelman.”
“A LAST NOTE FROM YOUR NARRATOR. I am haunted by humans.” God, I love everything about this book. I wept for quite some time after it. This story haunts ME.
“Take down the walls.
That is, after all, the whole point.
You do not know what will happen if you take down the walls; you cannot see through to the other side, don’t know whether it will bring freedom or ruin, resolution or chaos. It might be paradise or destruction.
Take down the walls.
Otherwise you must live closely, in fear, building barricades against the unknown, saying prayers against the darkness, speaking verse of terror and tightness.
Otherwise you may never know hell; but you will not find heaven, either. You will not know fresh air and flying.
All of you, wherever you are: in your spiny cities, or your one bump towns. Find it, the hard stuff, the links of metal and chink, the fragments of stone filling you stomach.
And pull, and pull, and pull.
I will make a pact with you: I will do it if you will do it, always and forever.
Take down the walls.”
>> I had REALLY mixed feelings about this book and the ending but the last paragraph was the most beautiful ever.
It’s not a particular quote for this one but I just loved the ending of this so much with how Perry finds out about where the Still Blue is and then Aria and he are reunited and SIGH…I just loved the ending and I can’t wait until the third book.
OMG you find out the REALLY BIG THING about a certain person and it completely blew my mind. That ending was just like WHAT THE HELL. WAIT. HUH??
“But that is the beginning of a new story—the story of the gradual renewal of a man, the story of his gradual regeneration, of his passing from one world into another, of his initiation into a new unknown life. That might be the subject of a new story, but our present story is ended.” >>One of my favorite classics ever and this line just always struck me as profound when I read it.
So tell me…what beginnings and endings do you think are great?