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Old 08-09-2011, 11:59 PM
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I think the only book that's ever really made me feel sad was Looking For Alaska. I knew what was going to happen, but when it actually did...

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I had tears rolling down my face when I was reading "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy as well as "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer, and for different reasons.

"The Road" was just so depressing. There wasn't any hope. The son was a numb to the fact that life wasn't worth living. To give up on life at such an early age is really one of the saddest things I could ever think of.

And with "Into the Wild" I was just moved by how an individual can just walk away from everything and everyone. The discipline that it took to do so, it's so difficult to grasp. It's also just so tragic that someone who was never met a stranger and met and touched so many different lives was so lost as an individual.

Both are obviously much more complex than that, but I think that's what each really boils down to. Both amazing reads.
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:16 AM
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Not a whole book, but the short story 'The Picnic' by Walter de la Mare is very sad.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:02 PM
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A Thousand Splendid Suns. I think I went through an entire box of tissue, but I couldn't put the book down.
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Originally Posted by chemorga View Post
A Thousand Splendid Suns. I think I went through an entire box of tissue, but I couldn't put the book down.
I really want to read that. I read 'The Kiterunner' by the same author, for English, and that's now officially the saddest book I've read. It's incredible though, just really really sad.
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Fortunately, the film isn't as sad!
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by AdonisThomas View Post
I had tears rolling down my face when I was reading "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy
I agree, "The Road" was very draining. I lost it at the part where father and son were sharing a can of soda.

The dog fight in McCarthy's "The Crossing" was disturbing as well.
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Probably The Boy in the Striped Pajamas or A Complicated Kindness...for very different reasons of course
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I'm adding Flowers for Algernon here...
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I love crying. The officials at oliver thambo international airport approached me with a job offer: to be a proffession cryer at international departures where passengers can hire me to cry cor them lol. The saddest book i have read: The Stoning os Soraya M. By Freidoune Sahebjan. A book that portrays the ugliness of fundamentalist Islamic mob justice in Iran. At first i thought it
Was just another save the Iranian Muslim damsel in distress, and as i paged through it i was transported into a Godless world of evil, despair, and conniving individuals who kill in the name of their god. I was unprepared for the moment that first rock connected her forehead... Totally unprepped. I bawled my eyes out for days.
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Ha! I love crying too. I'm trying to think of the last time I wrapped myself up in a good tearjerker...

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. This made me bawl my eyes out for days. A lovely bittersweet heartbreaker of a book, best I've read in a long time.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:53 AM
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I'm starting to think I may not be in touch with my emotions.
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Originally Posted by JohnConstantine View Post
I'm starting to think I may not be in touch with my emotions.
I doubt that. You might be better in touch, so you don't need the occasional cathartic tearjerker in order to purge any pent up emotions
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:43 AM
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... The final evocative scene in The Grapes of Wrath where the starving hobo is breast fed and kept alive... Steinbeck said it was about ... The total invincibility of the Human Spirit... or words to that effect
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Noli Me Tangere, or The Social Cancer for those in the West, by Jose Rizal. It's one of my really favorite classics (probably the favorite of all the favorites), and it really did a great job portraying the hardships that the people of the Philippines went through during the 1800's.

I knew what was going to happen in the end, but I just can't help it. Maria, she didn't deserve any of this. She deserves so much better.

I'm expecting that the sequel will be more sadder, but I haven't read it yet.
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The entire Hunger Game series is pretty damn depressing, its like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows times a few thousand. And some of the deaths are entirely unexpected.
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All I can say to that is that I cried from the point those bombs went off until 20 minutes after I finished the book. Poor girl ;(
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There are only three books which I've ever read that got me to cry. The first time was when Rydag dies in Jean Auel's The Mammoth Hunters (I was all of ten or so - and my teachers definitely did not approve of Mom letting me read Jean Auel!) The second time was at the end of Mercedes Lackey's The Last Herald-Mage trilogy (Magic's Price is the last book in the trilogy). And the only other book that made me cry is Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land.
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Originally Posted by Aurilia View Post
There are only three books which I've ever read that got me to cry. The first time was when Rydag dies in Jean Auel's The Mammoth Hunters (I was all of ten or so - and my teachers definitely did not approve of Mom letting me read Jean Auel!) The second time was at the end of Mercedes Lackey's The Last Herald-Mage trilogy (Magic's Price is the last book in the trilogy). And the only other book that made me cry is Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land.
Ahhh Magic's Price was really sad! I felt so depressed at the end of it. I know she was trying to be all hopeful at the end but I was just like man, that sucks.

Where the Red Fern Grows was one of the saddest I've ever read. Poor dogs.
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I recall an H.G. Wells book being pretty sad.
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I did not really cry, but it like spiked my heart with thorns.

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A book (and a movie) that was truly beautiful, but extremely sad was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
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Originally Posted by sparta98 View Post
All I can say to that is that I cried from the point those bombs went off until 20 minutes after I finished the book. Poor girl ;(
Oh my god =( poor little Prim... And Rue...
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The Hunger Games. The whole bleeding lot of them.

Whenever I read one, or watch a film, I love it. But afterwards it puts me in a pit of despair that I take ages to climb out of.

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The original Bambi traumatized me for life. The worst images from it became scars on the back of my brain.

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the book 'Me Before you.'
I saw it in my sisters room (the only book she had in there, of course i was going to read it!)
I read it from start to finish in one night but then cried for ages afterwards because it was so sad.
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Requiem For A Dream

It's just so bleak and no one comes out with anything near a happy ending.
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Originally Posted by Adrenaline View Post
The original Bambi traumatized me for life. The worst images from it became scars on the back of my brain.

Same here! Just about the goriest book I ever read.
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The saddest book I ever read was The Woman In The Wall. It's not a very well known book, but really good. It's a teen read, but definitely a good quick read.

Basically it's about a girl that lives within the walls of her own house because she feels so invisible nobody will notice if she disappears. I'd recommend it to anyone looking to write about extreme loneliness.
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I'm sorry, but I can't answer this one.
I'm such a wimp that if it's getting too teary, I pack in! Strangely enough that isn't the case with music, but perhaps the duration and endurance required is not so great there. I regularly weep through Rachmaninov's 2nd piano concerto...and enjoy every minute of the pain! I also cry to music such as Evanescence , 'My Immortal' and anything by Enya.

The closest I ever came to reading a book that left me distraught with anguish was Shardik, by Richard Adams. I was so disillusioned with humanity in general whilst reading this that I had to set it aside, lest I invented the antimatter bomb.

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I'm not sure if this counts but I found an online story called "Lactose". I am not sure who wrote it but I felt is was sad because the main characters life was completely screwed up and he couldn't help himself.
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