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Post by strangerthanfiction on Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:43 am

So I've been thinking... this is the year of "depressing books" (at least, in my reading experience) and I have to say that the book that made me feel the worst was Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Anybody willing to contest this?
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Re: Most depressing book you've ever read

Post by The Prez on Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:26 am

a lot of the books we read in middle school were ultra-depressing
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Re: Most depressing book you've ever read

Post by dohnage18 on Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:33 am

The Giver, for one.

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Post by The Prez on Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:42 am

Ah, but the Giver had a hopeful ending, though that was rather depressing, wasn't it
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Re: Most depressing book you've ever read

Post by strangerthanfiction on Thu Jul 02, 2009 12:59 pm

Here's the basic plot of Tess, just to show how depressing it is:
1. Farmer discovers he's actually related to some old lineage. Sends eldest daughter Tess off to get married to one of said line.
2. Tess meets Alec d'Urberville, ultimate prat extraordinaire. He pretty much stalks her and ends up raping her.
3. Tess gives birth to Alec's son. Kid lives a week before dying of sickness. In his dying moments, she christens him "Sorrow."
(It gets worse.)
4. Tess works at dairy farm and falls in love with the charming, gorgeous Angel Clare. They get married. On their wedding night, she finally gets the courage to tell him about her past.
5. Angel falls quickly out of love with Tess and pretty much blames her for leading him on. He leaves her to go to Brazil.
6. Tess wanders around, heartbroken, until she sees -- holy holyness -- Alec again. He says he has been converted to Christianity and shall be wholesome, good, etc.
7. Alec blames Tess and says that she's tempting him far too much even though she's not doing anything bad.
8. Angel finally realises that he's made a horrible mitake and he comes back to claim Tess, only to find her with Alec.
9. Tess kills Alec because he has made her lose the man of her dreams twice and runs away with Angel, only to be discovered by the authorities.
10. Tess is executed.

You really don't get more depressing than that.
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Re: Most depressing book you've ever read

Post by dohnage18 on Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:18 pm

Does the book end with her getting axed at the end? Because that would suck.

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Re: Most depressing book you've ever read

Post by strangerthanfiction on Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:41 pm

She gets executed. It's published in 1891. So yes, I suppose she is beheaded.
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Post by dohnage18 on Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:16 am

But on the last page does she get killed? Because that would, put a damper on things, to put it one way.

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Re: Most depressing book you've ever read

Post by AgentW on Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:42 am

where the red fern grows
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Re: Most depressing book you've ever read

Post by strangerthanfiction on Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:18 pm

Yes, it's the last page.
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Re: Most depressing book you've ever read

Post by The Prez on Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:46 am

Tess is a sad novel, but that era had some pretty sad novels overall
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Re: Most depressing book you've ever read

Post by strangerthanfiction on Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:29 am

Madame Bovary is quite depressing as well. She's a pretty young thing, gets married to a boring doctor, takes a lover (who rejects her passion after a while), then another one (who I imagine being played by Colin Firth), goes into tremendous debt and then she poisons herself.

At least she doesn't die on the last page.
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