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what books made you cry?

Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by HermioneWeasley, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. HermioneWeasley

    HermioneWeasley Member

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    have any books made you cry? which ones?

    (spoiler warning!!)

    I recently finished The Main in the Iron Mask, by Alexandre Dumas(the last part of 10 years after) and for those of you that have read it
    you know that they all die and i just started sobbing!!!

    i also cried at the end of harry potter 6 when
    you-know-who-i'm-taliking-about died.

    and when i was really little, i cried at the end of narnia cause it was the end of the series(and a sad one at that)so i just started bawling my eyes out! mind you, I was about 8 or 9.
     
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    A book called Billy (can't remember the author :eek: ) that I read when I was about 10 is the only book to have made me cry. It was about a little black boy in the 1940s or so who kills a white girl in self-defence. A very sad book.
     
  3. Donna Rose

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    I am very prone to tears when reading. Books that really made me bawl include Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, Good Night Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian, and then the trilogy of Valdemar that includes Arrows of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, and Arrow's Fall, all by Mercedes Lackey...when one of the characters dies in that trilogy, for whatever reason I started crying so hard I had to stop reading and walk around my house, sobbing all the way, in order to get myself under control...I couldn't breathe I was crying so hard. This was when I was in high school, but still...that was a biggie. Ha. But I tear up whenever something momentous, or heroic or meant-to-be begins to happen, especially in the fantasy-adventure stories I love so... I mean, I tear up all over the place in Harry Potter. That sort of thing. :) I'm a big sap.

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    I got a shock when I saw my wife teary eyed one day while reading Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. When I was reading it and got to the same place I held it together, but was almost there.

    I've not cried before from a book yet. I think it's the hormones.

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    Whose hormones, ds? Which? Do your male hormones prevent you from crying? Did the mere proximity to your wife's hormones nearly make you cry? Help me out here.

    Just talking about people crying makes me want to cry.
     
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    The first book I remember crying at was Watership Down by Richard Adams. I was so upset that I couldn't re-read it for years. Since then, there have been too many to name. I'm a big softy and easily imagine myself into the characters' situations. Like Still, I also only have to see people crying to start wanting to cry myself. :eek:
     
  7. HermioneWeasley

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    yeah, Donna Rose, i know what you mean. when i was reading The Man in the Iron Mask i was on the couch, and i kinda suspected
    that they would all die after Porthos did
    so I kinda half expected it, but i still started bawling. I had to walk around the house. then when i finished the book I had to go take a walk and force myself to calm down.

    As for harry potter, I finished it, I cried and then i stopped crying and decided I was too tired to be sad and went to bed(i had stayed up all night reading it).
     
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    When you thought Fiver was dead? Or at the end when the Black Rabbit comes for Hazel? I cried too!
     
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    Gosh, now that I think about it I don't think I've ever cried from a book OR movie.
     
  10. steffee

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    Since I am hyper-emotional :rolleyes: and insist on reading books where a character is facing a personal (to me) issue, I have cried through many books. Older examples: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Anne Frank's diary, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, some of Joyce's stories in Dubliners, even. Newer ones: Toast by Nigel Slater, both Remains of the Day and Never Let me Go by Ishiguro, We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Strangely, didn't cry whilst reading My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult, or The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, or The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (which I thought dreadfully boring anyway).

    Cry at the slightest hint of emotion in films, too, and even TV programmes. Eastenders, typically. :rolleyes:
     
  11. Gem

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    Too many to list,The Colour Purple made me sob, Five people you meet in Heaven made me teary, although I do agree that the book was a disappointment.

    The most embarrassing was when I took shelter in the library from a thunderstorm and picked up a random book - Three Wishes by Barbara Delinsky - I cried and i never cry in public or in front of people. I even thought the story was stupid but that didn't stop me from crying.:rolleyes:

    Guilty, Dennis dying in Eastenders had me going too - i never even particularly liked him or Sharon.
     
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    lol, me neither. Poor Sharon, though. First she lost Tom in that fire... And Mark Fowler leaving was very sad. Nana Moon was the worst though, that episode (or was it a week's worth of them) where she relived her life. Poor, poor Alfie. Awww! :eek: :rolleyes:
     
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    Oh yes - Nana Moon *sigh*. You'd think that someone from the Square would have warned Dennis about the dangers of getting involved with Sharon.:D
     
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    Charlotte's Web and the end of The Amber Spyglass

    A Prayer for Owen Meany

    Through a Glass Darkly - Jostein Gaarder

    The end of The Last Battle, and the latter parts of Prince Caspian.

    The Happy Prince - Oscar Wilde
     
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    Yes... Irving. I felt like a jackass reading Owen Meany because I was laughing out loud half the time and bawling the other half. The Cider House Rules kept me crying almost from cover to cover. Also, earlier this year I re-read The Sound and the Fury and wept bitterly through all of Quentin's section.
     
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    I cried during several books, as I am an extremely sensitive person. I'll list some them, but as I don't want to keep piling spoilers on, I won't say why I cried. If you read them, you should know, if not, there are ways to find out.
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    The Bridge to Terabithia
    The Messenger (by Lois Lowry)
    Prince of Tides
    Wuthering Heights
     
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    A few, but the most recent is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.
     
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    Good cries as of late:

    Of Mice & Men - Steinbeck
    Night - Wiesel
    Bel Canto - Patchett
    Life of Pi - Martel (cried on the re-read...I'm pathetic)
    The House of Mirth - Wharton
     
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    1. The first book to make me cry: The Sandman: Worlds' End (VIII) by Neil Gaiman (when I was 17)
    2. Beauty's Release by Anne Rice (when I was 18)
    3. It by Stephen King (when I was 21)
    4. The Stand by Stephen King (21)
    5. Dark Tower IV, VI, & VII by Stephen King (21)

    That's all I can think of at the moment. I'm a cry baby, what can I say? :p
     
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    That's the bit! Seeing some other books that people have mentioned, I've been reminded of some more:

    The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
    Most of The Dark Tower, though especially books IV and VII
    The Wrong Boy - Willy Russell
    The end of The Lord of the Rings (book and film)

    Like Steffee, anything can set me off crying. I too cried at Dennis's death in Eastenders, and at the end of Casanova (BBC version with David Tennant). Sob!
     

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