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Books that made you cry

Postby Quixotess » Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:39 am UTC

I think it's a good thing when books make you cry. It shows the author knows what they are doing. Let's share the books that have made us shed tears (or come really really close) so that we can all be in touch with our emotions together.

I always cry at the end of Les Mis. The intense sense of loss and betrayal I always feel when Valjean stops visiting Cosette, when his walks get shorter and shorter, is suddenly followed up by that climax of redemption, and the combination is just too much for me.

The other one that does it for me is A Prayer for Owen Meany:
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First, the part where Owen cuts off John's finger. The way Owen is saying "I love you, I'll take care of you, don't be afraid, I'm here for you," is such a display of selflessness and trust that...well...waterworks.

And of course the ending gets to me. Not the actual death scene. But the way Irving built Future John's character, his bitterness, his hatred for an entire country, his sense that nothing really matters anymore, it all comes together for me in just that last line: "O God, please give him back! I shall keep asking you." And I get this sense of what an empty person John is now, and just how much Owen meant to him and to everyone.

So yeah. What in books has made you cry, specifically or in general?
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby kellsbells » Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:57 am UTC

I cry at almost nothing. I have never cried at a movie.

Yet Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin made me have a a fifteen-minute cryfest. It's a lot like The Lovely Bones (only more for teenagers, maybe? I don't know) in that it's about what happens after you die. But it isn't the "I'm dead" part that made me cry at all.

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Postby Amarantha » Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:09 am UTC

The short story/article called Ahbhu, by Harlan Ellison. Also appears as a chapter in the short story The Deathbird. Gets me every time.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby cypherspace » Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:00 pm UTC

Songbird by Sebastian Faulks did. Very much so. As did The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. Can't think of any more off the top of my head though.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby Nyssa » Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:51 pm UTC

The only book that ever made me cry was Where the Red Fern Grows. But I was nine, so that probably doesn't count.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby Felstaff » Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:28 pm UTC

The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix, in The Green Mile.
The rabbity snarey deathy sob-sob bit, in Watership Down
The horrific endy bit, in We Need to Talk About Kevin (although for different, more harrowing reasons than the above bit.)
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby kellsbells » Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:31 pm UTC

cypherspace wrote:Songbird by Sebastian Faulks did. Very much so. As did The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. Can't think of any more off the top of my head though.

Ooh, yeah, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time got very, very close for me. Almost cried. Almost. What is it with me and only crying/almost crying when a dog is involved somehow?
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:41 pm UTC

The end of Rise of Endymion, when:

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Aenea came back from a time paradox and her and Raul flew off ON EARTH!!! to be with one another for 2 years, knowing it would be their last and only.


Actually, Sol's story in Hyperion... Er, and the loneliness and helplessness of Severn's passing.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby bbctol » Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:28 am UTC

Flowers for Algernon. I broke down crying. The ending is just so sad.

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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby NOT Steve » Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:14 am UTC

Of Mice and Men, anyone?
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Postby Robin S » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:22 am UTC

I know I have cried at a fair few things, but the only thing I can remember off the top of my head is "I Sing the Body Electric!" by Ray Bradbury.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby parkaboy » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:46 am UTC

Watership Down and Plague Dogs by Richard Adams, parts of Sunshine by Robin McKinley (it was sort of a crying, blubbering and yelling at the sky "god DAMN it, where is MY vampire?!"), Mr. God, This is Anna by "Fynn"

there have been lots but I can't think of any more right now.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby apricity » Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:45 am UTC

Books 5 and 6 of Harry Potter... when
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Sirius died, and when Dumbledore died
I cried until I finished the books. Oddly enough, I didn't cry at all during 7.

Other than that, I cried at all four of the Jess Darling books by Megan McCafferty. I identify with Jessica to a scary degree and they're so realistic that I can never help it when I read them. I also cried at the last book in the Fearless series by Francine Pascal because I'd been reading them for so long (about 7 years), and I couldn't believe they were over after 34 books.

I don't usually cry at books though... those are the only ones I can really think of.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby simo » Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:36 am UTC

The end of "I am legend" had me staring at my hands for a good few hours.

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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby parthenos » Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:50 pm UTC

i cried twice while i was reading to kill a mockingbird. til we have faces also made me cry. this book i read in second grade about some elephants in a zoo in hiroshima or nagasaki or something made me cry too. the zookeeper starved them because he didn't want them to have to face what he knew was going to happen, i think it was something like that. one thousand paper cranes did too. i think the handmaid's tale did once or twice. now, at least, when i think about it i come close to crying. the death of
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lee scoresby in the subtle knife and that part about the underworld in the amber spyglass
made me cry too i think. man, i cry a lot. also, EVERY SINGLE TIME i read the parts about the deaths of
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dumbledore, tonks, lupin, or fred
it makes me cry too. this is a long list already so i won't chronicle everything that has ever made me cry. i think this is actually most of the books though. actually, i think what affects me the most in terms of sadness is music (second, of course, to real life). movies do too though, like letters from iwo jima, the 300 spartans, the kind that are supposed to make you cry. well, the really good ones that are supposed to. some are meant to make people cry but just aren't good or convincing or deep or whatever it is enough.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby Rodan » Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:46 pm UTC

I just finished Y: The Last Man, and dammit,
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The death of Ampersand

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Postby harpwner » Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:41 pm UTC

I read The Five People You Meet In Heaven in one sitting the eve of my grandfather's death. I grew up with my grandfather and his life story (rags to riches cliché) is incredibly inspiring to me. I remember that I started crying at about page 150 out of 224 and continued to cry well past the time I finished it. There was something so intensely gratifying about it and made my grandfather's death seem so much more graceful.

It was the only book that's ever made me cry.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby cathrl » Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:23 pm UTC

NOT Steve wrote:Of Mice and Men, anyone?


I'll put my hand up for that one.

The first book I remember bawling my eyes out over, though, was Moonfleet.

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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby SecondTalon » Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:20 pm UTC

Rodan wrote:I just finished Y: The Last Man, and dammit,
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The death of Ampersand

is sad.

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That, and 355. It's like "can't Yorick get a goddamn break!?" and the answer is.. no, no he can't. Ha ha. Sucks to be him. But you're right, Ampersand does beat 355 for sadnessmaking. Probably because he's the one that does it.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby Jesse » Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:58 pm UTC

The first of Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy (And also later in the Tawny Man trilogy):
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Specifically, the bit where Fitz is in the market, and the strange mountain woman sees him and starts screaming "Keppet!" but he's so caught up in Molly that he barely even acknowledges her. And it's his mother, she was so close right then and he didn't even know. Also, when Nighteyes dies in the Tawny Man trilogy.

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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby stevekl » Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:48 pm UTC

I've cried a fair amount when reading, but the only time I cried when I hadn't expected to was when reading The Hotel New Hampshire. The part where
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two members die in the plane crash
came so suddenly and out of the blue that I just spontaneously burst into tears.

I think I also cried reading most of Paul Zindel's books, too. No one captures painful adolescence quite like he did.

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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby Bassoon » Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:56 pm UTC

I nearly cried (or did, can't remember) in World War Z, by Max Brooks, when
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The feral girl is brought in and the large woman lets her and the other children run free.

Dunno why.

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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby aion7 » Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:22 am UTC

NOT Steve wrote:Of Mice and Men, anyone?
I didn't cry, but that ending was like a knife punch to the part of the brain that handles empathy.

I was a child when I read it, but I think I cried at the end of Bridge to Tarabithia (spelling?).
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby joeframbach » Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:57 am UTC

I cried reading A Child Called It.
I never got around to reading A Man Named Dave, though.

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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby Enneract » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:34 am UTC

The Amber Spyglass really got to me, but I think that is mostly because it so closely mirrored (admittedly, in a very abstracted form) what was going on in my life at the time.

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Postby Malice » Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:34 am UTC

Of Mice and Men, Flowers for Algernon...

I don't remember if I cried, but the lengthy section of A Scanner Darkly in the rehab facility made me very very sad.

The other one that springs to mind, oddly enough, is Black House, the King/Straub collaboration. The noble death of
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had me weeping like he was my best friend.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby parthenos » Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:18 pm UTC

Oscar Wilde tends to make me cry too. Especially The Happy Prince.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby joeframbach » Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:48 pm UTC

parthenos wrote:Oscar Wilde tends to make me cry too. Especially The Happy Prince.
edit: ACK. that was my 144th post wasted on what books made me cry.

That was a gross misuse of a post.

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Postby wittyknee » Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:07 am UTC

PS I love you-- A sappy romance book but the first chapter just draws on empathy.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby Rogue5_jm » Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:43 pm UTC

I'll probably be chastised for liking the series... but...

The Garden of Rama is the only book that has actually brought me to tears

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So much shit happening to the Des Jardin family, especially Nicole, when they are just about the only good hearted characters in the entire series. The very end seemed somewhat appropriate. However, just imagining meeting what is effectively an eternally young replacement of you that the genuine article could never live up to seems like such a huge blow.

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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby Kendo_Bunny » Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:02 am UTC

I cried when reading 'Five Chimneys' by Olga Lengyel. She was forced to work in the "hospital" in Auschwitz... and it was just so horrifying that I couldn't stop myself from crying. Added to the fact that I was 11 when I read it.

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Postby Princess Marzipan » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:42 am UTC

A couple times during Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

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Both in the last book, actually. At the deaths of Eddie, Jake, and even Oy. God damned amazing series.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby Quixotess » Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:16 am UTC

Bassoon wrote:I nearly cried (or did, can't remember) in World War Z, by Max Brooks, when
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The feral girl is brought in and the large woman lets her and the other children run free.

Dunno why.


Goddamn! Is that a good book? It sounds amazing and I kind of want to read it, but I'm wondering if I should.
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Postby McCaber » Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:35 am UTC

Go for it, Quixotess. I really enjoyed it.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby Quixotess » Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:51 am UTC

Great! I'll get on that then.
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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby fuschia » Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:57 pm UTC

joeframbach wrote:I cried reading A Child Called It.
I never got around to reading A Man Named Dave, though.


Don't. Really, don't. It's so badly written. I read the trilogy in 5 hours when I was alone in my house and bored out of my skull, because I mocked my housemate for buying it (I kinda dislike the prurience of some of the people who buy all these abuse memoirs) and thought I should read it to back up my point.

Things that made me cry:
Animal farm, when they take Boxer away...he...he's so trusting...*sob*
Knight's Fee by Rosemary Sutcliffe...his best friend dies. It's usually death that sets me off in books. There must be a lot more, I cry all the time - including yesterday, watching The Revolution will not be Televised.

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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby TPman » Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:17 am UTC

Of Mice and Men is definitely up there.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles is pretty hard to cope with as well
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She does nothing wrong for the whole book and is the single most loyal/proud/kind-hearted person who gets shit on by the whole world. When she knows shes about to die and all she can think about is the welfare of her little sister. Also how childlike and hopeful she is when she kills Alec to try and repair her relationship with her husband


The Time Traveller's Wife made me cry more than anything though - I think it was because I read it at the same time as my girlfriend read it when we were on holiday together and very much in love. - Had real poignancy due to the closeness to my own situation.

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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby Rodan » Sun Mar 30, 2008 4:22 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:
Rodan wrote:I just finished Y: The Last Man, and dammit,
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The death of Ampersand

is sad.

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That, and 355. It's like "can't Yorick get a goddamn break!?" and the answer is.. no, no he can't. Ha ha. Sucks to be him. But you're right, Ampersand does beat 355 for sadnessmaking. Probably because he's the one that does it.

Yeah, that would have been sad and surprising and all that, if it hadn't been spoiled to me. (Screw you, Wizard Magazine.)

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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby kurry » Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:31 pm UTC

In The Dark Tower I - The Gunslinger when
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jake falls off of the railway sructure and the roland lets him die, so sad i thought he would live till the end :(

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Re: Books that made you cry

Postby SkaBassist » Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:38 pm UTC

Nyssa wrote:The only book that ever made me cry was Where the Red Fern Grows. But I was nine, so that probably doesn't count.

Seconded. Read this in third grade and I was bawling.

Also, am I the only one who is emotionally effected by
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dogs dying? I mean, in WTRFG, the boy (can't remember his name) could have been mauled, raped, then thrown off a cliff right before his body was desecrated, and I wouldn't have cared. But the dogs? Mmmm. That's the worst part of reading this book at a young age - you're too naive to have know from page one that the dogs would die.


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