Thursday, June 4, 2009

Top Ten Literary Tear Jerkers

Independent writer and British novelist, David Nicholls, shares his list of books that have left the pages of his library more than a little damp:

If you fancy a good cry here are the books that you should read:

1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Nicholls finds it sad "particularly for its moving scene between Pip and the Magwitch")
2. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
4. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (Nicholls says that "I still find the book as overwhelming now as when I first read it at seventeen.")
5. And When Did You Last See Your Father? by Blake Morrison
6. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
8. The Perfect Stranger by P.J. Kavanagh
9. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White (Nicholls finds this one of the saddest books of all: "This was the first piece of prose that really moved me, and the first portrayal of death that really hit home.")
10. Danny, The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

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