Thursday, July 31, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Endings

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 love C.S. Lewis' ending in The Problem of Pain. The visual of the whole universe playing a rousing game with a golden apple is breathtaking.

"The golden apple of selfhood, thrown among the false gods, became an apple of discord because they scrambled for it. They did not know the first rule of the holy game, which is that every player must by all means touch the ball and then immediately pass it on. To be found with it in your hands is a fault: to cling to it, death. But when it flies to and fro among the players too swift for eye to follow, and the great master Himself leads the revelry, giving Himself eternally to His creatures in the generation, and back to Himself in the sacrifice, of the Word, then indeed the eternal dance makes heaven drowsy with the harmony..."


  1. That is not a memorized quote, is it?
    It IS impressive, though.

  2. It's not a "book" per se but I have always loved the end to Arthur C. Clarke's short story "The Nine Billion Names of God" which ends:

    "Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out."

    Gives me chills every time.

  3. Smilingsal, no I don't have it memorized. I remembered the ending with the golden apple from one of C.S. Lewis books and had to search through my books to find it.