16 October 2014

Five novels that made me cry

Novels teach us a lot about human interaction: how we behave in particular situations, how we react to crises, and how we deal with our emotions. I have learned so much from fictional characters - thank you to all the authors who have created them!

This is a beautifully-written story about the grief of the headmaster and his wife, who live in an enclosed world. Their unravelling is harrowing.

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This provides such a wonderful look into the life of Frank Derrick. It's a funny, sad, yet uplifting story about an ordinary life. Let's face it, most of us live ordinary lives yet many don't live to be 81. Really shows that everyone responds to a kind gesture.

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This is one of my all-time favourite novels. The story of a teenager's murder, recounted by the teenager herself, it could be soppy but it's not. Beautifully written, it is full of the complexities of family relationships and the need for answers.

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This story combines moral dilemmas with a woman's urge for fulfilment and her husband's conflicted desire to understand. It is so easy to be swayed by the decisions each of them makes.


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If ever there was a story that demonstrates how resilient we can be when challenged, this is it. Written as a series of exchanged letters, this novel celebrates the human spirit.

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Well, these are my top five novels that made me cry. What are yours? Please share in the comments section so we can all sob along together!

1 comment:

  1. I will never forget when I realised the power of a story when as an eight year old I so bed over Judy's death in Seven Little Australians. The book remains as a favourite as it gave me my life long love of reading. I love how the written word can transport me.


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