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Most Depressing Books of All Time

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Rated 7 points - posted 9 years ago by chainik in category Books.
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Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton Report Abuse
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1984 Report Abuse
Shows the downfall of freedom ;(
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Report Abuse
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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Report Abuse
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Report Abuse
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this is the benchmark for depressing books everywhere
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins Report Abuse
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Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee Report Abuse
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Macbeth by William Shakespeare Report Abuse
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The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro Report Abuse
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Tess of the d'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy Report Abuse
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"The woman pays." Tess is trapped by circumstances again and again in this appalling account of Victorian double standards. Promised happiness eludes her from page one.
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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys Report Abuse
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The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain Report Abuse
A terribly sad ending.
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Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Report Abuse
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The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor Report Abuse
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Lord of the Flies by William Golding Report Abuse
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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Report Abuse
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A chilling account of how Africa makes white people more uncivilized than the blacks they enslave. Very sad, very sad. snark/ Fine book, wrong list.
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Reflections in a Golden Eye by Carson McCullers Report Abuse
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The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing Report Abuse
A slow descent into despair.
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The Death of Ivan Illich Report Abuse
An examination of death and dying.
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Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi Report Abuse
Haunting work on the Holocaust
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A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute Report Abuse
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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry Report Abuse
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Underworld by Don DeLillo Report Abuse
Grim and grotesque realities.
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The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene Report Abuse
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