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or Temple of the Golden Pavillion both by Yukio Mishima.
(though I haven't read that one). It sounds par for the course for Mishima. I love his stuff.
which is my favourite book ever <3 and i need to read it again.
Resurrection was a bit miserable too, though i'm not sure why
in defiance of established norms, I didn't find Anna Karenina miserable
The bit when they're in the land of the dead. Boo hoo.
The bit where Lee Scoresby dies... :'(
But come on, what's the worst thing that could happen to Lyra and Pan throughout the whole story? IT HAPPENS AND IT KILLED ME
(juta kaimanen? off the top of my head)
So so heart-wrenching :(
Where Hester dies. If they fuck that up in the film (if it ever gets made) I will not be a happy bunny.
I could only watch half of the first one. It was the equivalent of a race to get to the end of the book as quickly as possible :(
But that maybe me watching it over and over again trying to convince myself. And then watching the director's commentary and the making of dvd, hoping, wishing it wasn't such a crock of shit.
is still the only book that can jerk tears from these jaded eyes...
to leave me because we have to close the portals back to our own universes forever...
You'll have me going in a minute. Sniff!
I actually find genuinely sad. There is something about the colours and style of the illustrations that is crushingly nostalgic and full of lost innocence. It's like a chalk picture melting away on a rainy day or something.
Indeed, the whole book is rain washed and like afternoons before the internet when you just stayed in to be sad.
and the Tiger never came back
that my mum never read me the last page. I lived in hope that he'd come back! :(
I was reading The Subtle Knife on a bus journey home, last couple of chapters. As I read the final line, thought about it for a little while and looked up, this old lady put a hand on my arm and said "You look like you've never wanted anything more than to get home and read the next one". I agreed and said yep, thats pretty much it, and she said her grandson was reading them too and we both had the same expression when we finished it. Just a look of sheer "wow... right NEED MORE". i love that old lady.
I love those books. I think its because the heartbreak at the end is the sort of heartbreak I can really get on board with: heartbreak that involves parallel universes.
(with a doctorate in eng lit, I think) couldn't recognise the literary merit of that trilogy beyond "teenage" level.
I think I weeped many times whilst reading them. I fancied lyra to bits and was so jealous of their romance, to an actual degree of "ruins you for life" kind of jaded jealousy.
I joke not when i say i think it's one of the greatest literary works of the 21st century
it is written with the same imaginative scope, but rather than being purely escapist it is also an intelligent discussion of many of the key themes of our time like science and religion, is stunning in its philosophical depth, its rich network of allusions, is a compelling coming of age novel, is full of human empathy that goes far beyond being an exciting fantasy novel and is utterly beautifully crafted.
it does do that War & Peace thing where you fall totally in love with the main female character.
that too, obviously. But i meant in its hugeness and impact simply as a story that will be loved for loads of generations to come.
I have a bit of a collection going on, and spent a year working with a games company helping design a collectable card game (like pokemon / yugioh / lotr / magic) based on the novels, but it got canned.
Yeah, i couldn't wait to start the last one too, which i did right away. I remember i told my brother about this (it was him that told me to read them) and he said "how do you think i felt? I had to wait 3 years for the next one!". I couldn't have waited argh.
And exactly what I felt like, reading the books for the first time.
Does anyone else find Pullman's other books really, really dull?
is a stunning Pullman book. Very short and very very sad too.
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers or Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
I was also massively emotional when I finished War & Peace
'The Heart Is A Lonley Hunter' very little makes me cry but that made me sob.
Also Her Benny: A Tale of Victorian Liverpool by Silas K. Hocking
Even more poignant considering the parallels with his own life. Really want to read The Crack Up now.
Tender Is The Night which I know is supposed to be wunderbar... Not sure I'm up for a tear jerker just yet, tho.
just a hopeless set of circumstances, which you know can't be rectified by the end of the book. Let me know what the Beautiful and Damned is like, it's on my list of things to read.
but American Scream by Cynthia True.
There's a bit where Hicks is talking about how he's worked so long and hard to get recognition in America (he's about to get a TV show with Noam Chomsky) and then he gets diagnosed with pancriactic cancer which is rare in a man of his age.
Alot of people on here don't seem to like him to much but he was a genuinley funny man and the world could do with him now.
not strictly a book though
so fuck you.
When Piccadilly gets totally pwned by jupiter. :'(
"Thomas" is similarly tragic :(
it was told completely through eyewitnesses. very sad.
"I blame the fockin' bizzies."
THE END, LA
Which isn't so much sad as horrifying but, since books rarely if ever leave me truly sad, will have to suffice.
I wept like a baby at the end :'(
A fucking incredible book, powerful and moving.
I was very upset at the end as well.
i was crying on the train reading the end. Such an amazing book.
when Dave Eggers' parents die in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. :(
I've never cried at a book apart from that, and I totally wept at the end.
ripped my heart clean out of my chest.
christ, am all goose-bumpy just thinking about it.
when I read that.
I bought it for my g/f recently, she'd been put of reading it because she'd heard it was really sad and she said she cried loads at the end as well.
this also made me cry loads
Sleepers is really fucking sad.
And The Amber Spyglass, which made me cry like a big girl.
By Ka-tzetnik. Just incredibly fucking grim
damn you Happy Prince! Damn you Selfish Giant!
Guy compiled a story of how he met his fiance, their plans of marriage and children, shares anecdotes (amusing ones), provides copies of letters and postcards they sent one another, then details how she got diagnosed with cancer and describes the treatment process and her eventual death. I cried like a baby.
Hundreds of awful looking books about traumatic childhoods, alcoholism, abuse etc...don't really understand why people read them. I'm sure there must be some kind of "but with the power of X, I got through Y" inspirational last chapter, but they seem so predictable and miserable.
made me feel very sad.
Why did it make you sad?
I keep saying Impossible for some reason. Just the relationship between Tomas & Tereza, I found it really upsetting. And the ending. I thought it was a great book, and I've really enjoyed the other Kundera books that I've read, but this one upset me for some reason. The rejection and miscommunication.
stuart: a life backwards.
'head full of blue' was quite sad, but redemptive by the end.
'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter' is pretty bleak, as has been mentioned.
By Dan Rhodes.
I had a lump in my throat by the end of it.
Or maybe the sequel where Fox's son dies
i never wanted it to end tho i think i cried all the way through. i am pathetic i know.
it makes my spine ache
So sad, so moving. And it has a super intelligent mouse.
Did you know they made it into a musical, with Michael Crawford, and a film? Weird.
by Sebastian Faulks has some extremely sad moments. It's a rollercoaster ride. And the ending is very sad.
It's one of the worst books I've ever read
can only be true if you've read a very small number of books and it is therefore also one of the best you've ever read.
A Farewell To Arms.
on a friends recommendation.
but then it is a polyglot of emotions
sort of a novella really - probably has one of the single most depressing characters in a book ever. Loved it
Also - Hangover Square, Clergyman's Daughter, My Booky Wook
Slightly ripped off for the video of 'just' perhaps?
my favourite book ever.
sad? The fact that the author killed himself because it didn't get published despite it being one of the best books ever written?
I had to stop reading it on the bus because I was going to break down crying and it was near my stop and I didn't want to be walking the streets of Hackney crying like a sissy.
by Raymond Briggs
maybe 'the return of the soldier'. its pretty sad.
Probably not the saddest book I've read, but it made me cry so much when I was nine!
i cried at the bit in 'Goodnight Mr Tom' when his best friend died
is an amazing book and also very sad.
by Yann Martel.
A collection of stories, the first of which, in particular, is the saddest thing I've ever read. Not sad as tugging at the heart strings, but sad as in upsettingly grim. I think it's all part of Yann Martel's "Life is unbearably awful, so God exists, yeah?" thing.
white people show up, it goes downhill from there.
there's just so much heart behind it. All of the WW1 books I've read have got me going actually.
but more unremittingly bleak than sad for me.
The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe. Pathetic, but harrowing nonetheless.
Watership Down - the line about Hazel not needing his body kills me every time
The Good Soldier - it is the saddest story I have ever read
and probably many moments in Harry Potter 7