30 Day Book Challenge Day 6

Day 6 – A book that makes you sad

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

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When looking back over books I have read, I realized that I do read sad, heartbreaking books more often than I thought. I think I just let them retreat into the recesses of my memory, or I reflect upon the positive things about that book, like the writing style, and the imagery. That’s certainly true of Khaled Hosseini and Jhumpa Lahiri for me. Both authors are wonderful, in my opinion, and write sad books. But when I think of a book that I just felt sad about for a while longer than I should have, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time comes to mind. I think Haddon did a great job of telling the story from Christopher’s perspective. But Christopher’s self-awareness of his limitations and his narrowed emotional scope made me sad, expecially when he was describing the emotions that others were going through. He could logically comprehend it, but had such difficulty internalizing it. And that’s true of a person with autism. I think what made me exceptionally sad, though, was the ending, and how even though Christopher triumphed, he had to overcome some new discoveries that challenged his black and white view of the world.

Were there any books that made you sad and caught you off-guard?

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