Author Topic: Books that made me cry  (Read 8124 times)

Julian

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Books that made me cry
« on: November 29, 2008, 10:10:12 pm »
I like a good self-indulgent weepy book every now and then.

The end of We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver

There are lots more but this one made me laugh out loud as well. 

Anyone else admit to books that made them cry?

Wowbagger

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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2008, 10:12:38 pm »
I used to read "Charlotte's Web" to classes of children and it was often very hard not to get caught up in the intense sense of grief when the spider croaked, as kids, at home-time, would leave my classroom and as soon as they saw their parents waiting for them, would crumple into tearful heaps.
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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2008, 10:16:54 pm »
Arundhati Roy's 'God of Small Things'

It is an amazing book, but very sad in the end.

andygates

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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2008, 10:17:44 pm »
Very few.  Cormac McCarthy's The Road did it bigtime.
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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2008, 10:28:42 pm »
Nevil Chute, On a Beach.

Absolute floods of tears.

D0m1n1c Burford

Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2008, 11:06:26 pm »
Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
Stonor Eagles by William Horwood

nicknack

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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2008, 12:50:30 am »
The Old Curiosity Shop

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citoyen

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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2008, 12:56:07 am »
The Remains Of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. I cried like a baby at the end of both the book and the film.

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Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2008, 01:10:46 am »
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
The Time Traveller's Wife.
To Kill A Mockingbird.
Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord
Rilla of Ingleside (when Walter dies and when Jem comes back)
PS I Love You - I hate every other Celia Aherne book I've read (so I've stopped reading them) but that one makes me sob like a girl
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JT

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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2008, 07:23:44 am »
Jenny by Paul Gallico
a great mind thinks alike

Rig of Jarkness

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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2008, 08:25:16 am »
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
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Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2008, 11:56:44 am »
Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Yes, that too, the firing squad bit.
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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2008, 03:41:40 pm »
Jude The Obscure.
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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2008, 03:44:49 pm »
Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
Stonor Eagles by William Horwood


Snow Goose packs an awful lot of emotion in a small package - one of the most moving books I have ever read

Funnily enough I read it at a young age as I liked Camel's album and wanted to know the story.

Really Ancien

Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2008, 05:08:49 pm »
The Old Curiosity Shop

(Oh no, hang on, this is the wrong thread)  ;D
Nice reference.
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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2008, 05:41:15 pm »
Jenny by Paul Gallico


Seconded. Also, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.
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D0m1n1c Burford

Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2008, 08:50:44 am »
Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
Stonor Eagles by William Horwood


Snow Goose packs an awful lot of emotion in a small package - one of the most moving books I have ever read

Funnily enough I read it at a young age as I liked Camel's album and wanted to know the story.

I read Paul Gallico in my teens, about 14 or so after my Mum recommended them to me.  I have tried (and failed|) to get my teenage daughter to read them.

His books are simply wonderful.

D0m1n1c Burford

Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2008, 08:51:25 am »
Jenny by Paul Gallico


Seconded. Also, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.

And thirded.

Rapples

Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2008, 09:02:27 am »
Diana - RF Delderfield

Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2008, 10:13:03 am »
The end of Winnie the Pooh. The conversation between Christopher Robin and Pooh about going to school is heart breaking. It's about growing up and leaving behind that make believe world that little children have. You know Christopher Robin will never be able to come back. Maybe you need to have kids for this one to affect you in that way.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

clarion

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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2008, 10:31:32 am »
To Kill A Mockingbird
1984
Brothers Karamazov
Penguin Book of First World War Poetry
House of the Dead
Ivan Denisovich
Germinal
Nana
Les Miserables

Um... I cry a lot, don't I? :-\
Getting there...

RJ

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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2008, 01:01:03 pm »
Vinland - George MacKay Brown [the fact I was reading it aloud was a factor]
That Summer - Andrew Greig

Probably some others I can't think of right now ...

Andrij

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Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2008, 02:09:05 pm »
The following books nearly made me cry:
Moby Dick
Where the Red Fern Grows
The Red Badge of Courage

But it had nothing to do with emotion, other than hatred of teachers for making me read them and all those wasted hours of my youth.
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Flying_Monkey

Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2008, 03:34:11 pm »
Tove Janssen's The Summer Book - a beautiful description of the relationship of an old woman and her granddaughter, of light and nature, and the inevitable passing of time and the joys and sadness of growing up. Wonderful.

Re: Books that made me cry
« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2008, 03:37:02 pm »
Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood.

Been there, done that, got the mental scars. :(
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