...the end (warning: possible spoilers!)

  • 1. He turned to the front page to see if there was any interesting news.
  • 2. But now the hour is late, and all of that is another tale, for another day.
  • 3. He drew a deep breath. 'Well, I'm back,' he said. (The Return of the King or The Lord of the Rings identified by ender22d)
  • 4. I believe that they are waiting there for me, and something tells me that I shall soon know.
  • 5. For the first time they had done something out of love.
  • 6. "I'm coming, Fatima," he said.
  • 7. I mean later on I can go fishing with Albino Maria and they'll come in really handy then, these flies I'm catching now.
  • 8. My fingers felt the strings and strummed a melody, and I heard the words of my song fill the bus and flow out the open window and across the awakening desert.
  • 9. He loved Big Brother. (1984 identified by timepiec)
  • 10. He could feel his heart beating against the pine needle floor of the forest.
  • 11. Straightening, he touched his hand to his forehead and began his prayer again.
  • 12. "I've done you before, haven't I?" it said. (Life, the Universe, and Everything identified by timepiec)
  • 13. He does not know, for no one can, of my infinite penitence and sickness of the heart. (short story)
  • 14. They might have jumped into the boat, but the traveler pulled up a heavy, knotted rope from the floor and threatened them with it, thereby preventing them from jumping in. (short story)
  • 15. Still singing loudly, not looking back, matching stride for stride, they descended into the valley. (contributed by bertie).
Author Comments: 

In the spirit of the "Great Opening Lines" list, these lines are from the end of stories. Some of these might be obscure, I guess reflecting my tastes.

I also wonder what is easier to identify, the first or last line of a book. Which, in some sense, is more defining of a tale? Is a strong opening line more memorable, or the final sentence?

Lastly, please feel free to suggest other lines.

9 - 1984
12 - Life, the Universe, and Everything

Correct on both accounts.

So many of these sound so familiar. I'll have to spend some time thinking about them. All I can come up with right now:
6. Midnight's Children(Rushdie)

Nope, not Rushdie.

I think some of these are going to be very obscure... maybe too obscure to be of any fun...

Is #6 a pretty well known book?

I guess I'm not sure. It ranks at 276 on the Amazon.com sales rank, so I guess it's pretty well known.

#3 is the end of "The Lord of the Rings"

Yep :)

Any schmoe could think up a Great Opening Lines list, but it takes real genius to come up with a Great Closing Lines list. Hats off, gentlemen, a genius! [Who originally said that, and who was he talking about?]

I can't quite tell if there is supposed to be any sarcasm in your post, so I'll assume the best and that there isn't. :) Especially since this was inspired by your "Great Opening Lines" list (which I should have mentioned more directly).

I don't know if any of these are all that great (that's why I didn't put great in the title), but they are stories I enjoyed.

No sarcasm at all. I sometimes forget to use a smiley-face :-D when I'm trying to be charming.

If there was the slightest hint of (unconscious)sarcasm, it might have been because I was peeved at not recognising any of the lines. And that might also be why I asked you a difficult question (the answer to which is Robert Schumann who was talking about Frederic Chopin).

Yeah, I had no clue who had said that line. :)

I think that some of these lines... I'd actually be surprised if anyone has read the books. That's why if anyone wants to suggest some or do their own list, it might be a bit more interesting...

In response to your challenge, I offer the following, which is the end of a very well-known science fiction novel from late last century: "Still singing loudly, not looking back, matching stride for stride, they descended into the valley."

Thanks bertie. I added it to the list.

Time for a hint on #15: The author of this novel received several awards for both his sf and horror novels. His most famous sf novel alludes to the poets Chaucer and Keats.

This is such a great time-suck for work. Kudos!

Is 14, "The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane?

7. is from 'The Lord of The Flies', I think.. I haven't gotten around to finishing it.

10. For Whom the Bell Tolls.... one of my faves