Looking for a good ending
May 11, 2011 3:40 AM Subscribe
Looking for books with good ENDINGS. In finishing a book there are a lot of times where you are left thinking "wow, that was great... except that last 20 pages. Arrrgh." What books would you recommend with GOOD endings? I emphatically do not mean happy endings; some of the most pleasurable endings in my memory are ambiguous, or even clearly unhappy ("the bad guy wins").
posted by whatzit to media & arts (80 answers total) 128 users marked this as a favorite
I read broadly across genres, though more heavily in crime, mystery, science fiction (but not much straight-up fantasy), and interesting-life-situation-or-place books, and almost nothing in love stories or war novels. Some favored authors include Neil Gaiman, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jasper Fforde, Ian Rankin, Margaret Atwood, Natsuo Kirino, Andrea Camilleri, Xiu Qiaolong. It's not high-brow, critic-approved literature; I read for fun.
Last, though other readers will appreciate your esoteric suggestions, alas I have to get mine from the public library. In a non-English-speaking country. So anything too extra-ordinary I probably don't have access to.