1. The catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger:
First paragraph: "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth."
(This first paragraph was enough to capture my attention. There is a seriousness in the casually written lines which set the tone for the entire novel. Refreshing, to say the least).
Last sentence: "Don't ever tell anybody anything, if you do, you start missing everybody."
(By the time I finished the novel, I had fallen in love with the narrator. This last sentence was a perfect ending to a brilliant novel).
2. The metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
First sentence: "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from unsettling dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin."
(This powerful first sentence draws in the reader and lets his/her imagination wonder for a while as to how the character transformed and what has he changed into overnight?)
I saved the best for last!
3. Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
First sentence: "It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love."
(Lyrical. Nostalgic. Magical! The first sentence is exactly what you'd expect from a literary genius.)
Last paragraph: "And how long do you think we can keep up this goddamn coming and going?’ he asked. Florentino Ariza had kept his answer ready for fifty-three years, seven months, and eleven day and nights. ‘Forever,’ he said.”
(Okay so I really can not contain my love for this book. The romance genre has never really caught my fancy, this was my first love story and oh boy! did it make me go bonkers!? lol. I would just not stop talking about it. The eloquent narrative and its beautiful prose completely immersed me into the world of Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza. The last sentence is a memorable line summing up the triumph of irrevocable love.)