Best novels about loss, regret

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  1. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    "The Sun Also Rises." That last sentence ...
    +1. I clicked this thread just to write in this book. What could be worse than losing an erection?
     


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    Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig
     


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    audiophilia Senior member

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    Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day.


    ^^^

    Masterful book.

    For a bit of popular culture, Prince of Tides was a good, summer read.
     


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    King Francis Senior member

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    Bronte "Wuthering Heights"

    +1 "I am Heathcliff!"


    As for Where the Red Fern Grows, I remember my mother reading that aloud to me when I was very little. Near the end I ran into the bathroom to cry where she couldn't see me (as if she didn't know what I was doing).
     


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    eg1 Senior member

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    The Great Gatsby
     


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    merkur Senior member

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    The Great Gatsby

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    Samuel Beckett's trilogy (Maloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable)
    David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, to a certain extent
    The novels of Andrew Vachss
     


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    Silk is quite good.
     


  10. denimdestroyedmylife

    denimdestroyedmylife Big Winner

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    Wuthering Heights hands down.

    Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe should be in here.
     


  11. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Thanks for all the suggestions guys.
    I just finished Everyman, by Philip Roth, which was pretty good. But the first thing I thought of when I saw your thread title was Brideshead Revisted, by Evelyn Waugh. Atonement, by Ian McEwan, is also excellent.
    I read McEwan's On Chesil Beach and thought it was good but not great. Atonement seems to have received more raves so maybe I'll get that. Why haven't I read Brideshead Revisited yet? [​IMG]
     


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    Dedalus Senior member

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    Candide features a lot of loss, although probably not as the OP intended.
     


  13. denimdestroyedmylife

    denimdestroyedmylife Big Winner

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    Norwegian Wood, too, by Haruki Murakami.
     


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    Bridge to Terabithia
     


  15. grimslade

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    Norwegian Wood, too, by Haruki Murakami.

    Bridge to Terabithia isn't bad.

    The Little Prince, of course, deserves mention. Last time I read that to my kids, I got choked up.

    But Murakami reminds me that South of the Border, West of the Sun is a very good book in this vein too.
     


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