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I has a new job! Working for antiques-restorers! It is fun.

Okay! For no reason! I really like first and last lines, so here, have the first and last sentences of the last five books I've read that have halfway decent first and last lines! Which ones make you want to continue? Which ones feel like a proper ending? You also get to guess which books they're taken from, if you so wish. What larks.

1. First: This is the story of love and death in the golden land, and it begins with the country.
    Last: There were years when I called Los Angeles "the Coast", but they seem a long time ago.

2. First: June 17, 1972.
Last: The President said, "I want you to know that I have no intention whatever of ever walking away from the job that the American people elected me to do for the people of the United States."

3. First: In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three.
    Last: "Besides, it's raining out there in Market Chipping."

4. First: I was born in Des Moines.
    Last: It was the strangest thing, but for the first time in a long time I almost felt serene.

5. First: At the beginning of the summer I had supper with my father, the gangster, who was in town for the weekend to transact some of his vague business.
    Last: No doubt all of this is not true but the ruinous work of nostalgia, which obliterates the past, and no doubt, as usual, I have exaggerated everything.

and one more, because I like it, even if it's not a proper book:
 First: It was the day after Tuesday and the day before Wednesday.
 Last: "Indeed!" the bicycle uttered for the last time and fell to bits.


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