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Suggest books for me > Powerful literary and/or historical fiction with tragic endings

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message 1: by Laura (new)

Laura | 21 comments I love really intense, well-written books with great characters- and I love it when they wear me out emotionally! A lot of my favorite books have tragic endings, or at least tragic aspects that haunt me. Historical Fiction a plus!

Some examples:
As Meat Loves Salt
Euphoria
A Fine Balance
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
The Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses / The Crossing / Cities of the Plain


message 4: by Laura (new)

Laura | 21 comments Thank you both, I will investigate these!


message 5: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37809 comments Mod
This pretty much describes everything I read so I may come back with more.


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message 7: by El (new)

El | 502 comments Jude the Obscure
And, well, pretty much anything Thomas Hardy wrote.

Glad to see mention of The House of Mirth. I would also add Ethan Frome.


message 8: by Moloch (new)

Moloch | 276 comments The Crimson Petal and the White

It nearly drove me to tears when ***** something! happened.


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message 12: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37809 comments Mod
Fräulein Else is a novella.


message 13: by Keith (new)

Keith | 221 comments When We Were Orphans - Historical literary fiction set in 1930s Britain and China
Cloud Atlas - Literary fiction with sci-fi/magical realism elements, with 5 linked stories, some of which have tragic elements
The Last of the Wine - Historical fiction about the relationship between two men in ancient Athens, set against the backdrop of the wars between Athens and Sparta


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message 16: by Rosa (new)

Rosa (rosaiglarsh) | 4997 comments El wrote: "Jude the Obscure
And, well, pretty much anything Thomas Hardy wrote."


But not Far From the Madding Crowd!

A really sad, definitely serious book is Bee Season.


message 17: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Love | 1079 comments Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton Ethan Frome

Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men


message 18: by Hillary (new)

Hillary | 275 comments Many of Anya Seton including Green Darkness.
Through a Glass Darkly
Almost any by Geraldine Brooks, though she usually leaves it up to the reader to decide if the ending is tragic, or for the best.


message 19: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Deane | 4 comments Code Name Verity is a YA historical fiction novel with a tragic ending.


message 20: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37809 comments Mod
Germinal


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Lobstergirl | 37809 comments Mod
The Clown


message 22: by Hay (new)

Hay Ho | 3 comments The Last Empress / Memoirs of a Geisha - More bittersweet than tragic but both have added bonus of rich settings


message 23: by Barbara (new)

Barbara The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton
Sophie's Choice - William Styron
We The Living - Ayn Rand


message 24: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Love | 1079 comments The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford The Pursuit of Love


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message 28: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37809 comments Mod
The Door


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message 31: by Willow Anne (last edited Oct 30, 2020 01:58PM) (new)


message 33: by Gillian (new)

Gillian | 241 comments Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque


message 35: by Kale (new)

Kale | 38 comments His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. A great adventure with a lovely but tragic ending.


message 36: by Ingo (new)

Ingo (ilembcke) | 602 comments Kale wrote: "His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. A great adventure with a lovely but tragic ending."

How is that ending tragic?
It was perfect! One of the best ending books I read.
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message 37: by Kale (new)

Kale | 38 comments Ingo wrote: "Kale wrote: "His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. A great adventure with a lovely but tragic ending."

How is that ending tragic?
It was perfect! One of the bes..."


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