What's your favourite last line in literature?


Last lines are so important. They are the final thought readers are left with. They conclude the story at hand but set up possibility for a future beyond the novel, whether it be a sequel or just in the reader's imagination. And they are notoriously difficult to write.

The literary community loves to celebrate them. Entertainment Weekly did. Flavorwire did. Stylist did. American Book Review did. And just this past weekend, The Guardian did.

Which is why we want to hear from you! Does Nick Carraway's last thought in The Great Gatsby float your boat? Or do you prefer to visit the forest in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing? Perhaps you can't get Samuel Beckett's steely determination in The Unnamable out of your mind. Whatever the line -- whether it be from the past or the present, from fiction or non-fiction -- we want to know what it is and why you love it.

UPDATE: Congratulations to DebraSusan and ShirleyBurdon! Both won a Canlit prize pack! Thanks to everyone who entered, and be sure to check out all the great entries below.