Saddest book you have read?

Saddest book you have read?



16,238 posts

234 months

Friday 14th May
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manwithbeard said:
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy.

I shed tears.

Although all the Hardy novels I have read are at the best bitter-sweet when not downright tragic.

Far from the Madding Crowd is the one I enjoyed most.

The 1960s film starring Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and directed by John Schlesinger, filmed on location in Dorset and Wiltshire, is a very good adaption of the novel.

Its well worth a watch.
Some of it was filmed in my Great Aunt's kitchen in Bloxworth.


350 posts

191 months

Wednesday 2nd June
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bristolbaron said:
WolfAir said:
One of the saddest books i read was the story of a boy abused by, basically everyone. Sexually, physically, mentally and emotionally. But he still managed to live some sort of succesful life, had a decent business, family and kids.. i cant remember the name but i find myself thinking about it now and again.

As for your jap book OP, any chance theres an english version?
Likely to be Dave Pelzer’s A child called ‘it’, there were follow ons - The lost boy and A man named Dave.
Yes, sounds like 'It'. Horrendous story. As I recall he joined the USAF and flew on B52s in the end.


1,337 posts

79 months

Tuesday 22nd June
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perdu said:
In fiction the saddest, most desolate book ever.

"On The Beach" Nevil Shute.

I know I will never read that book again although some of his others are inspirational such as "Trustee From The Toolroom".
I’ve ordered this book from Amazon. Had never heard of it until you mentioned it but the synopsis reads brilliantly.