7 thoughts on “Requestion #4: What book broke your heart?

  1. Arwen says:

    Totally stereotypically, my first heartbreak was The Velveteen Rabbit.
    Being named Arwen n’ all, I was read an abbreviated version of Lord of The Rings, and Frodo and Sam dragging themselves across Mordor, ah…

  2. Beth says:

    I started reading at 4 and spent many nights leaning over in bed to let a bit of light from the hallway fall on my book so I could keep reading after lights out. Unfortunately, all that was so very long ago, I can’t remember what books made me cry back then. I know they did because I’ve always had a “suspension of disbelief” way above most.
    However, what I can remember are two books that I have reread many times and they both make me cry every time.
    Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. I’ve read it to classes with tears running down my face.
    The Diviners. Margaret Laurence touches me every time I open her books.

  3. emoley says:

    Quinny, it works for movies too – I remember how devastated I was by The Fox and the Hound and Bambi. Even though they’re just drawings, it really sucks when they die. (Or grow up and stop being friends!)

    Bethy, your relationship with Margaret Laurence kinda creeps me out. (Is she touching you in a good way or an angry way?)

    Dinah, I relate to all the books mentioned but the first that came to mind was Little Women. It made me cry several times; there was one thing with Beth and the piano that I don’t remember exactly but i totally sobbed.

    And before that there was Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs. I read it at Meeting often, but I think we had it at home too. I read it knowing it would make me sad, and sometimes I avoided it for that reason but I loved it too. Like I’ll Love You Forever, which I can’t read to a kid without getting choked up. Even though, you know, people getting old and eventually dying of natural causes is actually a pretty good outcome, those books totally wrenched me.

    AND OF COURSE there was Gyo Fujikawa’s Oh What a Busy Day, which featured the story of the Babes in the Wood. We’re just not going to go there.

  4. diblog says:

    Oh, Sadako. That one too, for sure. Bambi, yep. I remember with I’ll Love You Forever, I didn’t think of it as that sad until I was older and could appreciate the parental side… that’s when it starts to choke you up. And are you SURE it was Oh What a Busy Day that had babes in the wood in it? What was Gyo thinking???

  5. emoley says:

    Wow, that’s funny. I was totally prepared to think that it was Little Beth who said all that. Even though I didn’t know she’d read the Diviners. My comments still stand, though 🙂

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