Category Archives: Novel

Anything to do with novels.

A nice ending for a novel

And so they stood there hand in hand watching the waters of the river flow by until they got bored and left. – James Steerforth Author’s note Novelists usually attempt to wrap up the novel with an ending that packs … Continue reading

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The target

“Target is crossing street. Following.” “Love that swaying little ass of hers.” “Shut up, Jeremy.” “Wonder what she’s done that we’re going after her.” “Target keeps looking back, seems nervous.” “Reminds me of Diana. Lady Di.” “Don’t need your puerile … Continue reading

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How I became a junkie

I bought a ticket for the Nova Express, a ticket that later exploded, leaving me with neither ticket nor ride. A little later I had a naked lunch and was arrested for it. Much more junk happened to me, more … Continue reading

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Were you in …?

Aileen: Were you here in Hiroshima? Louyguy: Of course I was. Aileen: Were you also in Nanking? Louyguy: Yes, I was there too. Many other places as well, all with photogenic names. Aileen: That’s right. How silly of me. Louyguy: … Continue reading

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An American Tragedy

Takes poor pregant girlfriend out on lake, drowns her. Wants new life with rich girl. Gets caught in the end. Fries. – James Steerforth (© 2012) The task at Trifecta was to tell one’s favorite book in 33 words. Of … Continue reading

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Main Street

(short and updated variant of a novel) Now when Carol Kennicott ran off with Belle Evans the highschool English teacher and ten years her junior, leaving poor Dr. Kennicott behind with three bawling kids and taking all the doctor’s savings … Continue reading

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Once upon a time, in a village deep in Kazakhstan

… all day long you saturate yourself with novels
while real life is playing. You ain’t no Anna
Karenina about be swept away by Vronsky. Continue reading

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The books that changed everything

Pretty soon I started reading John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, William Saroyan, Truman Capote, Upton Sinclair and many other American writers. Continue reading

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Ending 24 – from an Italian novel published in 1827

Before the first year of their marriage was completed a beautiful little creature came to light; and, as if it had been made on purpose to give Renzo an early opportunity of fulfilling that magnanimous promise of his, it was … Continue reading

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Ending 23 – from a Russian novel published in 1938

The novel ending this time is not to be guessed at. It is a giveaway for the reason that the word at One Single Impression this week is ‘laughter’ – which made me think of light laughter (the kind everyone … Continue reading

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Operation Nemesis

Nemesis is not only the name of the Greek goddess of revenge (divine retribution), but was also the code name for an act of human retribution: In a series of covert operations, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation had the Turkish masterminds … Continue reading

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Ending 22 – from a British novel published in 1722

It must be observed that when the old wretch my brother (husband) was dead, I then freely gave my husband an account of all that affair, and of this cousin, as I had called him before, being my own son … Continue reading

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Foul … from a shy pornographer

In response to Sunday Scribblings: #96 – Foul How about something a little gross? I have to admit that the inspiration for this prompt is my being in the room with a farting dog whose rump is aimed right at … Continue reading

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Ending 19 – from an American novel published in 1937

A photo of the author of this novel. Then she began to bark also, crawling after him – barking in a fit of laughter, obscene and touching. Crouching, the dog began to run with her, head-on with her head, as … Continue reading

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Ending 21 – from a British novel published in 1766

Choosing the Wedding Gown, a contemporary illustration for this novel by William Mulready Soon after this we were called to a very genteel entertainment, which was drest by Mr Thornhill’s cook. And it may not be improper to observe with … Continue reading

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Ending 20 – from a British novel published in 1891

The prospect from this summit was almost unlimited. In the valley beneath lay the city they had just left, its more prominent buildings showing as in an isometric drawing — among them the broad cathedral tower, with its Norman windows … Continue reading

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Ending 18 – from a British novel published in 1740

Oil painting by Joseph Highmore, 1744 (Tate Gallery, London), which illustrates a scene from this novel From her signal veracity, which she never forfeited, in all the hardships she was tried with, though her answers, as she had reason to … Continue reading

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Ending 17 – from an American novel published in 1922

The author’s wife, ca. 1918 “Probably….” But the man in the plaid cap was quite wrong. Anthony Patch, sitting near the rail and looking out at the sea, was not thinking of his money, for he had seldom in his … Continue reading

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Ending 16 – from a Russian novel published in 1873-1877

Vivien Leigh in the 1947 film based on this novel “Oh, you haven’t gone in then?” he heard Kitty’s voice all at once, as she came by the same way to the drawing-room. “What is it? you’re not worried about … Continue reading

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Ending 15 – from a German novel published in 1774

Goethe in the Roman Campagna (1786) Oil painting by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein From the blood which flowed from the chair, it could be inferred that he had committed the rash act sitting at his bureau, and that he afterward … Continue reading

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