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    Saddest book you've ever read?

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    I'm not yet sure. How bout you?
     
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    Of Mice and Men has to be up there.
     
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    Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird are the first that come to mind. There are a few stories from elementary and middle school but I've forgotten the names.
     
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    "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls.

    The saddest part about that book is that it's a memoir.
     
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    I agree on "Of Mice and Men". It moved even the most apathetic year 11s when I was a teacher.
     
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    wow I know I've read some but I can't remember any titles....Little Women is pretty sad, even though it happens to be one of my favorites....
     
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    theres this one book i read in elementary like...
    looking for baby or something. it was very upsetting
    and upstream. i dont know the authors?
     
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    Depends how you define sad I guess. Depending on your definition, everything I've ever read could be declared the most sad. I don't cry at books, so I guess no book I have ever read has really brought me to tears. (Be they tears of joy, sorrow for the characters, or sorrow for myself at having to read such painfully boring material)
     
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    Well, I'm a bit of a sap, so I could give you quite a list! :p

    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini almost brought me to tears, Their Eyes Were Watching God actually did... Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult tugged at my heartstrings, too.
     
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    Bridge to Terabithia was pretty sad at the end.
     
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    Flowers for Algernon was pretty sad.
     
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    saddest book??

    All Quiet on the Western Front was up there with Mice and Men.
     
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    The Book of Lost Tales by JRR Tolkien.
     
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    The Road and Old Man And The Sea were both pretty sad. So was Pet Sematary, but in a different way.

    But, I agree - Of Mice and Men might be the saddest ever.
     
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    Omg I bawled my eyes out, in the middle of class.
    That was embaressing, Lmao.

    Other sad ones are ..... oh I don't know actually. This one called But Inside I'm Screaming was sad, not the ending as such, but bits along the way, as it was set in a mental institute.
    Otherwise I'm not sure.
     
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    The Amber Spyglass and The Remains of the Day for me. Only two books I've read when the endings just tore at my heart.
     
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    The Dark Tower book VII...when you come to realize that Roland has found the tower again and again and again, only to do it all over again...it made for a very sad ending to the magnus opus
     
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    I was so angry when I finished that series, and I hoped that King would burn in hell for what he did to Roland and the other gunslingers...But I've calmed down know and realized that it was one hell of an ending. Could it have been any different?

    I don't really think so.

    Other books that made me cry:

    Tears of the Dragon and Evercity by Andreas Bull-Hansen

    Memories of Ice
    Midnight Tides
    Reaper's Gale by Steven Erikson (Third, fifth and seventh book in the malazan series)
     
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    Agree with several of those posted, all very sad. But the last book I read that actually made me cry was "The Old Curiousity Shop" by Dickens. Depressing..completely depressing.
     
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    I always bawl in 1984 and Animal Farm.
    Something about Orwell and Human opression gets me....
    (as odd as that sounds..)
     
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    Bruce by Terhune, Never Let Me Go although I don't recall the author, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Transformation by Carol Berg, A Child Called "It" which is an autobiography whose author I don't recall, and Where the Red Fern Grows are pretty good tear jerkers - that is, good but sad books. Probably the saddest of the lot was Never Let Me Go.
     
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    1984, without doubt.
     
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    A child called it by Dave Pelzer was very sad, I also found the books by Torey Haydon and Lucky by Alice Sebold very sad. Mainly because they were all true stories.

    Fictional books that have moved me to tears include a John Grisham book whose title escapes me about a man on death row. The high Lord by Trudi Canavan. My sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I agree that To Kill a Mockingbird is very sad.
     
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    I believe Never let me go was written by Kazuo Ishiguro
     
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    House of Spirits.
     

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