WordPress sometimes gives you hints/ideas of posts you can write about, and for some reason this one grabbed me. So here’s three books that I instantly thought of that have brought me to tears.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – Set during the Great Depression in America, Of Mice and Men tells the story of George and Lenny, two ranch workers who travel around looking for work in order to fulfill their American dream of one day owning their own land. I’m not one for a plot giveaway, but the ending is tragic and the characterisation of George and Lenny is fantastic, both being hardworking, but the smaller in stature George acting as the older brother to the massive in frame Lenny.The other characters who are fantastically created are Curley and his wife. He has an inferiority complex and she is basically a flirt.
I read this during my GCSEs (so I guess I was reading it with a purpose to write essays!) but revisited it again during my degree when I did a 2 year specialism in American literature. It is truly classic and very well written.
My Sisters Keeper – by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult hits a very defined area of the “chick-lit” market; serious issues like abortion, euthanansia and rape written in modern day America. “‘My Sisters Keeper” tells the story of Anna, younger sister to Kate who suffers from leukaemia, who in her words was conceived to be a “saviour sibling” and when she is asked to provide a kidney (after many transfusions of blood and donations of other organs) she refuses and sues her parents for the rights to her own body. One of Picoult’s best novels.
The Time Travellers Wife – by Audrey Niffenegger
I loved this book. (Read it before you watch the film). The plot centres around Henry DeTamble (the Time-traveller) and Clare (his wife). Each chapter takes a point in time during Clare’s life where Henry has just time -travelled (you soon get used to the switching around as the book progresses). I really found that I got drawn into the development of the characters relationship and found the whole premise of the book completely unique.
I haven’t deliberately told you what of these three books made me cry, you’ll have to read them for yourself.
What books make you cry, and why?
PS – Has anyone read “The God of Animals”? I’m just about to start it.