When I visit a bookstore and think which books I should buy, I often read the last sentence in a book.
Sometimes the last sentence encourages me to buy a book, sometimes it may discourage me from buying it.
Some of my friends say that the first sentence in a book is very important.
Yes and no.
I also heard that reading the last sentence is like cheating. The last sentence doesn’t tell me everything about the book. I don’t know how to explain it, but the last sentence in a book shows me if inside a book I may find an interesting action, secrets which are still not solved, but maybe they are solved. The last sentence makes the book mysterious. I want to know WHY something happened.
What about you? Do you think the last sentence has a meaning??
What do you think about these sentences??
Here are a few last sentences from a few books I have on my bookshelves:
- His knife was in his pocket, safe and dry inside its sheath, protected from the mystery of the elements.
- But George didn’t say a word.
- Then Richard nodded, without trusting himself to speak, and stood up. And they walked away together through the whole in the wall, back into the darkness, leaving nothing behind them; not even the doorway.
- The white moon appeared in the sky, giving the hope for the next, beautiful day.
- It was another good day.
- The old man smiled. He believes.