Last Words

A best selling writer of fiction will often strive to end a narrative with some memorable sentences in an attempt to entice the reader to come back to his or her work for more.  But the ending of a novel very often does not stick in the readers’ mind.  They might reflect that the story turned out well or there was a sad conclusion.  However, it is not unusual for a story to be inconclusive and in that way it may reflect life itself.

I know one reader who likes to read the last page of a book before buying it.  But like many people I hate it if the ending is given away.  Fortunately it is often impossible to understand the full significance of last sentences.  Some examples can be found at http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8181000/8181968.stm

I was planning to cite some examples from the published works of Peatmore Press but for the reasons given above thought it may be counter productive to give too much away.

Perhaps the best way to understand whether the last words of a narrative should have any bearing on a story is to look at the final utterances of real people.  Often they are banal and even humorous but it is questionable if they truly reflect a person’s life.  To find examples click on http://listverse.com/2007/08/22/20-famous-last-words

No one novel can give everyone a satisfying reading experience so finally to fully understand the frustration that can result from a story not having a proper ending click on the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5WIBZBSbAQ

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