As I mentioned n the current “Whatcha Reading?” thread, I just finished Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust. It was a very funny portrait of upper class life in interwar Britain, and I enjoyed it immensely.
However… the ending to the novel came completely out of left field. This was truly a strange, “WTF???” ending that nobody who’d read the first 2/3 of the book could possibly see coming. Namely…
The cuckolded husband decides to chuck it all and go on an adventure in the jungles of South America. He nearly dies, and is rescued by a crazy old man who keeps him prisoner, forcing him to read Charles Dickens novels aloud, for the rest of his life.
Really, a*** Twilight Zone ***ending to what had been a witty, cynical comedy of manners.
What other books surprised the heck out of you with bizarre endings that didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the book?
Mind you, I’m not looking for mere twist endings. I’m not looking for unexpected killers in mystery novels, interestingly horrifying endings to a horror novel, or absurd endings in absurdly comical novels. Rater, I’m looking for endings that seem completely unrelated to anything that had happened earlier in the novel. Endings that leave you scratching your head and wondering, “Where did THAT come from?”