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Old 19th Jan 2007, 16:11   #1
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The first lines from these three were too obvious so I've nicked JfP's idea (sorry!) and chosen last lines. They're the only three books I've got at work at the moment unless you wanted to try and guess the last lines from some ever-inspiring works such as Unix in a Nutshell, PHP and MySQL and Shell Programming just to name but a few.

1. And at last, faintly, falling: this day's over.

2. It was chiefly in order to allow time for the preliminary work of translation that the final adoption of Newspeak had been fixed for so late a date as 2050.

3. I will pack the peat around it with my fingers and close the lid of turf and make certain before I leave it that the Moor has been put back to its original state.
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Old 19th Jan 2007, 16:17   #2
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2. Nineteen Eighty Four (I'm guessing)

3. Alma Cogan by Gordon Burn
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Old 19th Jan 2007, 16:19   #3
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Bloody good JS! The 'Newspeak' rather gave it away I thought. Any ideas on the last one, because I know you know.
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You mean the first one! Hm, have I read it?

EDIT: Must be a book set in the course of one day?
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You mean the first one! Hm, have I read it?
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I read Nineteen Eighty Four a jolly long time ago, and I may be completely wrong, but is the section on Newspeak not more of an author's note? For some reason I seem to remember that the last bit of the story-bit-of-the-novel was the protaganist finally admitting that he loved Big Brother.

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I suppose it depends on how you view these things: the 'Author's Note' is a fictional author's note, so to speak, so it's still part of the novel... but yes, the last line of the narrative story is, I think, "He loved Big Brother."
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Old 19th Jan 2007, 16:59   #8
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Crist, the Bot - you're absolutely right! I haven't read it for years and just picked it off my desk for something to do. Much grovelling and apologizing! Ahem, the last line as it should be:

He loved Big Brother.

Which of course, now I think of it, is bloody obvious. I blame my complete idiocy on the fact that it's Friday and that I am surely only an hour away from wine.
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Sorry, cross-posting. As ever, JS, you are quite correct.
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Tricky to qualify such things, I suppose. I guess because the subject of the note is still highly fictional (yet written as factual) then it still falls within the extent of the novel.

Maybe if an author's note was more along the lines of 'All the people mentioned in this book are fictional, please feel free to name your pets after them' or something, then it wouldn't count so much.

Either way, thanks for reassuring me of my sanity!
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