So this time it’s me explaining some of my very favourite last lines because Amber’s posts, and a particular book I read recently, got me thinking about the final lines that have stayed with me.
“He is slow, and the sea sings to us both, but he returns to me.”
This last line is easily one of the most beautiful I’ve ever read and it made me cry so much. I love it because this final line encompasses the two things I was most affected by in the story – that there is always a choice and that love can overcome anything. Aaaaaaaand I’m crying again.
“I don’t know where there is, but I know it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”
I love this line because it’s hopeful, ending an often sad story on a bittersweet note. There are so many things unknown to us that it’s easy to despair but this last line illustrates that hope we all have in us for ourselves and our loved ones.
“Marina, you took all the answers away with you.”
I left this line for last because it was actually this one that had me wanting to write this feature post. This final line, to me at least, carries a double meaning. Carlos Ruiz Zafon wrote in his author’s note for this novel that it would be his last written for children and teenagers; it just makes me so sad because this book is extraordinary. It sort of feels like the author put all his emotion into those final words, all the frustration of losing his inspiration to write and the sadness of walking away.