Books that End Sadly


Books: Are there books that end with a non-happy ending? Specifically fiction books.

*May contain spoilers*

Somebody asked this question on Quora and I answered. Then thought I might as well put it up on my blog! 🙂 What sad books have  you read lately?

The Hunger Games: The Hunger Game book series had the sort of ending that left me feeling upset. It is not the kind of ending you would expect from a series of this kind but then again, maybe I should have anticipated it because of the sort of dystopian state described in them. Still, if you’re plunging into this series expecting a happy ending, you’re going to end up with a hollow feeling inside you.
Nineteen Eighty Four: As frightening as this book is, you might expect it to end in a sort of way which would leave you feeling somewhat relieved. But this book ends in a way that provides anything but relief. The ending is as frightening as the rest of it. Perhaps leaving dystopian societies as self-destructive forces in our head is a frightening warning to make us re-examine the bubbles in which we currently choose to live.
Gone with the Wind: This is one of the most epic love stories ever written and yes, it does not end well. It gives you closure but not what you would expect. Gone with the Wind is a story of imperfect love against a turbulent background, its protagonists are ruthless and ambitious and prone to making mistakes. Perhaps the ending of this book would leave you feeling satisfied in some ways but in the end, you cannot help but be filled by a sense of dread at the ironical conclusion of this love saga.
Love Story: Eric Segal’s easy-to-consume classic about young love has been known to leave many people with tears in their eyes. I was no exception.It is a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss.
A Thousand Splendid Suns: An amazing book about the struggles of being a woman in a male-dominant society. This account of two women’s struggle and subsequent freedom is a dark story of torture and pain. And the ending can actually depress you.
The Casual Vacancy: J.K. Rowling’s follow-up to the famous Harry Potter series is as “adult”, witty and real as you can expect. This book will keep you grounded to reality and exposed to the true faces of men and women who seem very real. It explores the aftermath of self interests, politics and selfish personal gain on society as a whole.
We The Living: The least well-known of Ayn Rand’s fiction, she hails this book as coming quite close to an autobiographical account for her. We The Living is a story of Ayn Rand’s justified fears regarding the ugliest face of communism. A woman’s longing for freedom turns into a personal battle against an entire nation. Though this book sets Ayn Rand’s tone for her future masterpieces, unlike them, We The Living is not meant to have a happy ending.
Waterland: A fractured tale of life, hardships and loss, this book explores topics of death, depression, loneliness, first love and damage. The tone of the entire book is despondent, the ending even more so.
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