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Best novels about loss, regret

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Connemara, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. longskate88

    longskate88 Senior member

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    I have to agree.
    I was surprised by how moved I was by the book.
    (Never saw the movie)



    Movie was quite good, though I haven't read the book. Tough stuff at parts.
     
  2. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    Under The Volcano by Lowry. Best novel ever, and I'm sure I'll catch flack for this here, but it beats to hell anything written by Joyce.
     
  3. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Some favourites I often re-visit:

    A Time to Live and a Time to Die
    Arch of Triumph
    The Road Back
    The Black Obelisk
    (above all by Erich Maria Remarque)

    Sentimental Education (Flaubert)
    The End of the Affair and Dr. Fischer of Geneva (Greene)
    Hotel DuLac (Anita Brookner)
    Life After God (Douglas Coupland)
    Hopscotch (Cortazar)
    In the Lake of the Woods (Tim O'Brien)
    The Tunnel (Ernesto Sabato)
     
  4. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    imo the English do this the best.

    Remains of the Day (altough he's technically Japanese)
    The English Patient

    etc

    Look at Booker Award winners
     
  5. milosz

    milosz Senior member

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    The English have their melodrama, but postwar American realists stake a damn good claim here. Frederick Exley, A Fan's Notes Leonard Gardner, Fat City Richard Yates, The Easter Parade, Revolutionary Road
     
  6. crazyquik

    crazyquik Senior member

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    Why haven't I read Brideshead Revisited yet? [​IMG]

    Because your life isn't worth living. Don't worry, once you read Brideshead it will be.

    My favorite novel, by far. The prose is very overwritten, and a turnoff for many. I'm not sure it's a novel about loss. Perhaps regret. It is a novel about a middle aged man, looking back at college and afterwards, and thinking how much his life has changed, the people he met, what happened to them, etc. I would suggest it for Christmas break. You can read it in a week probably.

    Have you seen either the new or old movies? I own the old Grenada miniseries on DVD, haven't seen the new one.

    I read The Remains of the Day this past summer and it lingers with me still. A powerful book. I'd like to get some more Ishiguro, but I'm not sure what's best.

    I just sent an email to a friend about 2 minutes ago saying I'd like to see this movie. I haven't, nor read the book. Heard nothing but great things about both.
     
  7. romafan

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    Duhhh - there's milosz already! After my Yates post I figured I had a natural tie-in here....
     
  8. life_interrupts

    life_interrupts Senior member

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    +1 The English Patient (Michael Ondaajte);
    A River Runs Through It;
    East of Eden (Faulkner);
    Philadelphia Fire (John Edgar Wideman);
    A Little Yellow Dog (Walter Mosley);
     
  9. King Francis

    King Francis Senior member

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    East of Eden (Steinbeck)

    Ahem.
     
  10. cheessus

    cheessus Senior member

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    Just finished for the umpteenth time my favorite book ever. Nadja by Andre Breton.
     
  11. HatMagnet

    HatMagnet Well-Known Member

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    A Soldier of the Great War- Mark Helprin
     
  12. life_interrupts

    life_interrupts Senior member

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    Ahem.
    My mistake, thanks for the correction.
     

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