Thursday, July 31, 2008

Booking Through Thursday, and L.A. Book News

Los Angeles has a wonderful selection of independent bookstores, but some of the really good ones have closed over the last few years. Here's a bit of good news about one of my favorites, Skylight Books, which is located in one of the great L.A. neighborhoods, Los Feliz.

And here is this week's Booking Through Thursday question:

What are your favourite final sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of its last sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the last line?

I'm cheating a little here, because this is something my husband knows by heart, as does my best friend. It's the last line of The Great Gatsby, which, it turns out, it comes in handy to know every once in awhile, as it is appropriate to many situations:

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

Ahh, the man could write.


Bellezza said...

That is a very poignant last sentence, and you're right: often applicable to so much in life!

Thank you very much for the recipe link left on my blog; those bars look divine! I'm making them Saturday, or maybe tomorrow. You are very thoughtful to bring them to my attnention!

Gentle Reader said...

bellezza--I can't wait to try the blueberry soup! If you make the bars, let me know how they are :)

Anonymous said...

This line has never occurred to me when I wrote the post this morning. But this is a beautiful line, as a few others have suggested. Good work! :)

Gentle Reader said...

matt--I loved the lines you picked, too!

Chrisbookarama said...

That's a good one.

Gentle Reader said...

chris--it's really the only last line I know without looking something up! Thanks for stopping by :)

Anonymous said...

My bookclub read The Great Gatsby last year and it was a little scary how much better the writing was than most of the more contemporary books we read.


Gentle Reader said...

liz--I reread The Great Gatsby a few years ago and I felt the same way. I love how economical the writing is, too.