02-28-2011 09:05 PM
Or at least get very emotional. Do you have one?
I was thinking about this yesterday when I was going through a list of books that I've read and I want to read again. My true tearjerker is A Virtuous Woman By Kaye Gibbons. I read this book years ago, but I still remember that it made me cry so hard I had to put it down for a few hours before I could finish.
03-01-2011 01:32 AM
I cried and cried when I read this book at about 10 or 12 and my mother was so iritated. She never let me read Old Yeller either, because of that. Or Animal Farm. Or Charlotts Web. Im a cry baby when it comes to animals dying so Im not really sure that I want to read them anyway.
03-01-2011 07:51 AM - edited 03-01-2011 07:52 AM
I'm a man... and super duper macho, so I almost never cry. But Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms ripped my guts out, so to speak.
03-01-2011 08:54 AM
I'm with KennaS with Where the Red Fern Grows, and any other sad animal story.
I also cried alot with The Outsiders by SE Hinton when I was about 11 or so.
03-01-2011 09:45 AM
I've read some books that were so bad they made me cry. I can't think of a specific one offhand though...
03-01-2011 09:58 AM
@AlanNJ: You can't remember! Obviously your amnesia is your mind's attempt to shield your psyche from further trauma.
This book, number 19 in a series of 20, did more than make me cry: a couple of very sorrowful events put me into a state of numbness and shock, just as if they had happened to me. (The link below is the paperback edition.)
03-01-2011 10:07 AM
OMG I forgot...the first book to really make me cry was A Dog Called Kitty when I was around 10.
Its funny...I guess I'm more of a crybaby than I thought when it comes to books.
03-01-2011 12:16 PM - edited 03-01-2011 12:18 PM
The melodrama of melodramas, the standard of its kind.
Dickens went over the top later in his career (Wilde had some reason to say, ''One would have to have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing.'' about the protagonist of The Old Curiosity Shop), but his third novel brings tears of sorrow and tears of joy in alternate chapters.
+in your kindness, make the wicked become good.+
-- St. Basil the Great+
03-01-2011 01:30 PM - edited 03-01-2011 01:31 PM
I have two:
Repeating one from above. As a former houndsman, I can relate to what that boy went through. While it didn't make me cry, it certainly had me reminiscing my experiences. Both good and bad.
The most recent one is this one. If Levitas' ordeal and death didn't make you choke up then you are a cold-hearted person.
"Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else." ~ Mark Twain
03-01-2011 08:24 PM
Heck I get upset with any book or TV show that Children get hurt or killed. Then again most sad movies and books tear me up. Guess I shouldn't be telling everyone that. I guess its because I become one of the characters in the book or show. When I read I usually take on one of the main character roles and feel everything they do.
03-01-2011 09:01 PM
Geez, I couldn't get through the first chapter of "The Art of Racing in the Rain"! I've given up and just won't read books about dog/human relationships. The dog always dies and I just can't handle it!
03-01-2011 09:23 PM
Where The Red Fern Grows has to be the number one tear jerker for me. A close second is The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simon.
03-01-2011 09:45 PM - edited 03-01-2011 09:47 PM
Wow....so everyone who has read Where the Red Fern Gros teared up a little. I'm going to have to check it out.
For me it was not so much tearing up but a tsunami of tears. I highly recommend it but keep the kleenex near. It is a great story and well written and so worth the read.
03-01-2011 11:49 PM
The Scarlet Patch a novel of the Civil War by Bruce Lancaster. In the last chapter when they parade in Washington D.C. and you find out who survived and who didn't.