Great openings and interesting endings from my bookshelf

A Listmania! list by Robert Blanchett
 
Cloud Atlas
1.  Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The list author says:
  "Multiple stories so multiple endings -all good."
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The Big Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Mystery (Penguin Fiction)
2.  The Big Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Mystery (Penguin Fiction) by Raymond Chandler
The list author says:
  "Ok, I admit it: this is my favourite opening - that look of hard wet rain. Great ending and brilliant  writing throughout."
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The Kite Runner
3.  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The list author says:
  "To date what you are today from the age twelve sets up a contract with the reader. But the phrase that sticks in my mind is, 'There's a way to be good again'."
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Moby Dick (Wordsworth Classics)
4.  Moby Dick (Wordsworth Classics) by Herman Melville
The list author says:
  "Well it has to be in because it's the one everyone knows. A long, hard read but still worth it."
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The Shadow Of The Wind
5.  The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The list author says:
  "I just love the idea of  'The Cemetery of Forgotten Books'. A truly Gothic ending."
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Out Stealing Horses
6.  Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
The list author says:
  "Immediately and quietly establishes a sense of place and you know you're in for a treat."
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Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic)
7.  Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic) by Haruki Murakami
The list author says:
  "Haunting, mysterious, Japanese. Another good cat character  in this book."
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Possession: A Romance
8.  Possession: A Romance by A S Byatt
The list author says:
  "Not sure where it starts. One of the great novels of recent times."
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Brazzaville Beach
9.  Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd
The list author says:
  "Any book about apes has great possibilities for tricksy, opening paragraphs. Based on solid research."
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Ghostwritten
10.  Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
The list author says:
  "Takes you straight in to a mystery. A little disjointed in places I think, but still good"
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Ulysses (Penguin Modern Classics)
11.  Ulysses (Penguin Modern Classics) by James Joyce
The list author says:
  "I've always found this bland, stately opening sentence haunting: I have no idea why."
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An Equal Music
12.  An Equal Music by Vikram Seth
The list author says:
  "A quiet beginning to a quiet book but it reads like poetry: it is poetry."
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Darkmans
13.  Darkmans by Nicola Barker
The list author says:
  "The combination of prescription drugs, waste management and Ashford struck me as amusing, but then I am a fan of Barker. Does it have a proper ending?"
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Casino Royale
14.  Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
The list author says:
  "A lot of film critics trash this book when they obviously haven't read it. When Fleming wrote this he was a stylist."
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If on a Winter's Night a Traveller
15.  If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
The list author says:
  "Yes this is a real modern classic."
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Life Of Pi
16.  Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
The list author says:
  "Suffering, sad and gloomy, all in the opening sentence: it left me intrigued and I wasn't disappointed. In my book group, there were two completely different views about what the ending was!"
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Number9dream
17.  Number9dream by David Mitchell
The list author says:
  "Great character. I wasn't always sure about what was happening, but later all is revealed."
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Young Adolf
18.  Young Adolf by Beryl Bainbridge
The list author says:
  "A must read, very amusing - don't miss it."
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Gorky Park
19.  Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
The list author says:
  "Still good: still very good."
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Clear: A Transparent Novel
20.  Clear: A Transparent Novel by Nicola Barker
The list author says:
  "I loved the analysis of Shane. What an unusual beginning."
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Cider With Rosie (Vintage Classics)
21.  Cider With Rosie (Vintage Classics) by Laurie Lee
The list author says:
  "More poetry."
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In Search of Lost Time: The Way by Swann's: The Way by Swann's Vol 1 (In Search of Lost Time 1)
22.  In Search of Lost Time: The Way by Swann's: The Way by Swann's Vol 1 (In Search of Lost Time 1) by Marcel Proust
The list author says:
  "The opening is better in French. The whole thing is probably better in French,  but who has the time?"
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Emma (Penguin Popular Classics)
23.  Emma (Penguin Popular Classics) by Jane Austen
The list author says:
  "Another classic opening sentence."
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