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The Sunset Limited

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A startling encounter on a New York subway platform leads two strangers to a run-down tenement where a life or death decision must be mad...
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I love almost all of the reviews of this book. They love the book the way I did, for one. But also, a lot of these people question the end of the book. FINALLY! A book with no ending where people actually question and consider the ending (at least through review on the internet). Maybe because it might have to do with God and the existence of him and the faith that is perhaps or perhaps not questioned in this novel. That in its own, often times gets a lot of hubbub and talk about it. But whatever the case, I'm just happy people are questioning the ending of this novel. 

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Go Ask Alice

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January 24th
After you've had it, there isn't even life without drugs.... It started when she was served a soft drink laced with...
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All of the reviews on this novel talk about how overly dramatic and fake this "diary" is. I don't think they are understanding the point. Even if it isn't a real diary, which I don't think it is, it is a story. A very interesting one at that. It's not like once everyone found out the Paranormal Activity movies weren't real that they stopped watching them. It is still a good story to read. 

And the ending still kept me up at night wondering what happened to this Alice girl and where she would be today...if she made it past her diary. 

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‘The Sunset Limited,’ With Tommy Lee Jones - Review

‘The Sunset Limited,’ With Tommy Lee Jones - Review | Books That Have No Endings | Scoop.it
Tommy Lee Jones plays a suicidal professor, Samuel L. Jackson his rescuer in “The Sunset Limited,” by Cormac McCarthy.
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Another film version of this novel, but you have to love Samuel L. Jackson! 
It brings another insight that I never even thought of before at the end of the novel, when Black is talking by himself, this critic offers the question of whether Black is speaking to God or the playwright himself. Never would have thought of that before but it definitely brings in a whole new perspective of Black at the end of the novel.  

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How I Believe The Fault in Our Stars Should End

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I found this blog post while searching for some scholarly or news related articles online. I know it is just an article of opinion, but I find it really interesting to read someone's alternative ending to the story. I actually do enjoy books with hanging endings and I did in this one, but in this person's version of the ending, it is kind of how I pictured it might end up. 
Another interesting thing about this book in general is that it is a book directly relating to my topic, but within the book, is a story about a book that has no ending. Ironic. But very interesting to me, especially in response to this particular topic.  

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go ask alice

A bullshit fake diary written by an anti-drug Mormon woman with a series of 'diaries', that are listed as non-fiction to scare little kids into not...
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Sydney Bushnell's comment, April 22, 2013 10:36 PM
As I was exploring the web for one of my books off of the list of books with no endings, I found that this particular book, Go Ask Alice, was an entry in the Urban Dictionary website. If you didn't know, the Urban Dictionary calls themselves "the dictionary that you write". I actually didn't know that is what they called themselves until today when I had to research what exactly the Urban Dictionary was, I have looked on it before, but I never really had gone to the main website.
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No Ending - Television Tropes & Idioms

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The No Ending trope as used in popular culture, with a list of examples from all media.
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Sydney Bushnell's comment, April 22, 2013 10:25 PM
This website gives all sorts of types of media that leave no endings. I only browsed through the literature section and found the books that I, personally, recall reading that have no endings to use in my research.
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The Giver (The Giver, #1)

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Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a ...
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For this book there are so many drastically different reviews of it. From people who loved and have read it over and over again, to those who absolutely hated it and did not know why anyone would ever want to read it. 
For myself, I read this book back when I was in elementary school and I loved it. I don't exactly know if at the time that I understood all of the implications of what was going on in the novel. But either way, I still loved it, and at the end was left with a feeling of "what just happened?"
Years later, actually off and on, my mind has wondered about the book. For the longest time I could remember just about everything about the book except the title of it. And until recently I hadn't thought about typing all that I remembered about it into Google and it gave me the answer right away.So I found the book and read it again for the first time a few months ago actually. I loved it once again. Although I love all of those "Utopian" dictator type fiction books. 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Hunger Games, and this book. They are all so interesting to me. 
And once again the ending left me completely in awe and still wondering what happened to the boy and the baby.  

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a review of The Fault in Our Stars

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As seen on The Readventurer The Fault in Our Stars currently has a rating of 4.74 on Goodreads, almost everyone I know has given it 5 stars, therefore I'm certain no one would want to read my sour musings, except me and maybe a couple of other...
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A review of this particular book isn't so much about how it ended, but a critic against novels about cancer which I found very interesting and made me look at the book a little differently. And this review had a lot of feedback and responses to it and it seems like quite a few people feel the same way. It is very interesting to me how many different perspectives there can be on any distinct part of a novel. 

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Sydney Bushnell's comment, April 25, 2013 3:54 PM
Although, I personally don't agree with this review. This book has cancer in it, but I don't think it is a book about cancer, I wouldn't call that the topic. This book is about a book and a girl who wants to find out the ending to that book, like many of us when reading any of these books.
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The Sunset Limited - Theater - Review - New York Times

The Sunset Limited - Theater - Review - New York Times | Books That Have No Endings | Scoop.it
Cormac McCarthy’s terse dialogue and thematic obsessions will be familiar to his readers. So will his thin plotting and pitch-black existential outlook.
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"It’s a poem in celebration of death." Although this is a review of the play version, not the book version, I find the things that the critic says interesting. Especially the quote above. A poem that is a celebration of death. I'm not sure if I completely agree. I don't think the entire novel was a celebration of death. I think up until a certain point there was hope for Black and hope for the reader that White wouldn't end his life. And, like the rest of these books, there was no official ending, so we don't know exactly what happened, even though the mood was leaning towards one particular ending over the other. I enjoyed how this book ended though, not because of the sadness, but because it was kind of abrupt. You knew it had to end at some point in some way, but I felt like I would just be reading this conversation for hours more and it just ended. 

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Random House | The Giver

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I believe, first, that this is a reliable website to receive actual feedback from the author of this book. 

And second, when I first read this book I was dumbfounded at the end of it. I was pissed. I wanted more. We always want more. We want to see whether the protagonist dies or lives. What is he doing when he turns 90 years old. We want to know everything. But I enjoy how the author, Lois Lowry put it. Because in the way that it ended, each individual pictures an ending of their own, and if he put an ending with it, would we all be satisfied? I hardly think so, because we are rarely ever satisfied. I think in this book, leaving the hanging ending, we are as satisfied as we'll ever get because we are left wanting more rather than being disappointed or feeling just "eh" about the whole book. 

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Finnegan's Wake

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Good thing we can TOTALLY understand every line of this book. But I'm sure that if we did, the whole starting the novel mid-sentence, and then ending it with that sentence would drive us crazy. 

Just an example of an extremely well-known piece of work with an open ending. 

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Sydney Bushnell's comment, April 25, 2013 2:01 PM
Or really no ending at all...