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Great openings and interesting endings from my bookshelf
"Multiple stories so multiple endings -all good."
The Big Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Mystery (Penguin Fiction)
"Ok, I admit it: this is my favourite opening - that look of hard wet rain. Great ending and brilliant writing throughout."
The Kite Runner
"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'."
Moby Dick (Wordsworth Classics)
"Well it has to be in because it's the one everyone knows. A long, hard read but still worth it."
The Shadow Of The Wind
"I just love the idea of 'The Cemetery of Forgotten Books'. A truly Gothic ending."
Out Stealing Horses
"Immediately and quietly establishes a sense of place and you know you're in for a treat."
Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic)
"Haunting, mysterious, Japanese. Another good cat character in this book."
Possession: A Romance
"Not sure where it starts. One of the great novels of recent times."
"Any book about apes has great possibilities for tricksy, opening paragraphs. Based on solid research."
"Takes you straight in to a mystery. A little disjointed in places I think, but still good"
Ulysses (Penguin Modern Classics)
"I've always found this bland, stately opening sentence haunting: I have no idea why."
An Equal Music
"A quiet beginning to a quiet book but it reads like poetry: it is poetry."
"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?"
"A lot of film critics trash this book when they obviously haven't read it. When Fleming wrote this he was a stylist."
If on a Winter's Night a Traveller
"Yes this is a real modern classic."
Life Of Pi
"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!"
"Great character. I wasn't always sure about what was happening, but later all is revealed."
"A must read, very amusing - don't miss it."
"Still good: still very good."
Clear: A Transparent Novel
"I loved the analysis of Shane. What an unusual beginning."
Cider With Rosie (Vintage Classics)
In Search of Lost Time: The Way by Swann's: The Way by Swann's Vol 1 (In Search of Lost Time 1)
"The opening is better in French. The whole thing is probably better in French, but who has the time?"
Emma (Penguin Popular Classics)
"Another classic opening sentence."
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