Books That Brought You To Tears..

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June 16, 2007, 23:34:40 pm Last Edit: June 16, 2007, 23:35:22 pm by andyhaines
Inspired by the thread in the DVD/Film forum I thought I'd start this off.
(I had a suspicion it had been done before, but couldn't find the thread.)

I should start off by saying that it is much easier for movies to elicit tears than novels, imho. This is because they can use images, music and words to create their desired effects....

...whilst not a great fan of his style, I find Steinbeck provides some gut-wrenching moments..

The Grapes Of Wrath - the ending is sooo beautiful and tragic.

Of Mice And Men - after years of teaching this text, I still find myself getting a little hoarse as I read the ending.

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, are a couple of books that I have read in the last 5 years that caused me to cry in public.

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Quote...whilst not a great fan of his style, I find Steinbeck provides some gut-wrenching moments..

The Grapes Of Wrath - the ending is sooo beautiful and tragic.

Steinbeck's a genius - a storyteller par excellence!  Agree about Grapes of Wrath, that ending has always stayed with me.  Beautifully and delicately written.
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Good shout for a thread Andy - can't say that a book has really brought me to tears other than (soppy get) Wilde's The Selfish Giant, and the one about the blackbird singing and piercing her breast on the thorns (Student Prince?) plus the Little Match Girl which still make me "gulp" a bit
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Huck Finn, imo the greatest novel to come out of the USA ('cos obviously I'm an expert).
It has so many poignant moments, usually revolving around Jim the slave.
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I re-read The Lovely Bones recently and it's a wonderful book which really grabs your emotions. (I just hope they don't feck up the film version which is in production. But they will, coz it's Hollywood...)
And I must admit a couple of bits of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime brought a lump to my throat - what an amazing read that one is.



I recently read a bill at the Fisherman's Lodge that brought a tear to my eye!  :o

But, I did cry reading the foreward to A Confederacy of Dunces.


:'( :'( :'(

;D (Sorry I just couldn't resist)
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Just finished The Memory Keepers Daughter and watered a little. A great story combined with currently fragile emotions.
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I have had a  little sniff several times but only book that ever made me blub was when i was teaching history at the local college,but i can't remember it's name. i was teaching The Holocaust, it was  a text book, non fiction and i was doing  a lesson introducing the subject. it wasn't about the Holocaust proper but about the mobile death units that the Nazi introduced that moved from town to town just killing people (lorries with gas pipes). i read out a passage form an eye witness (Nazi) and of all the terrible stuff you can read on the Holocaust that was one. the whole class disintergrated into tears.

when i worked at the school of oriental and african studies in london having  ahistory degree i got shoved in the archives at  times, you had to stay at  your desk to make sure no-one defaced any material. i wa sreading Livingstones original diaries (as you do) and at the time i was thinking about getting a tatoo. the librarian for Japan and area showed me where original Japanese art books were for inspiration. i was there in the store room flicking thorugh 200 year old Japanese folios when i found a collection of diaries from survivors of Hiroshima.

one bit struck me. a Japanese man who found a woman dressed in traditional  dress (it was 40's japan) sitting trying to breast fed her dead maggot ridden baby in the grey ruins of a bombed out city.

i have  a very visual brain and that image stands out to this day.


September 20, 2007, 16:12:07 pm #11 Last Edit: September 20, 2007, 16:12:25 pm by Andrew_Haldane
Docherty by William Mcilvanney....I feel like a lovey saying this but it was as much the prose as the story that brought lumps to my throat. What a writer!


Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.  :'( Really well written story around wartime.


QuoteBirdsong by Sebastian Faulks.  :'( Really well written story around wartime.

great read is that ;)

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Ghostrider - bored me to tears :'( ::)
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