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    You know, the one that always makes you cry.



    I need suggestions cut I'm a sadboi TM
     
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    "War & Peace" ya sadboiii.

    Maybe "The Trial" by Kafka too.
     
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    "The Death of Ivan Illyich"
     
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    "Bridge to Tarabithia" - Katherine Patterson
     
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    God dammit
     
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    Yes!

    Every time I mention this book nobody reads it.

    INFJs please read this book.

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    It's really really short. If you read this book and get the theological understanding that Tolstoy is working with, you'll find that it's very profound. It's a shock to the system, really.

    Come on guys. Come on.
     
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    Absolutely had the same reaction. I read it in high school and I feel like it significantly impacted my world view. Solidified Tolstoy as my favorite author. Always recommend it to anyone when I say Tolstoy is the best. Definitely a must read for INFJs but really anyone. I know fellow INFJs would definitely appreciate it though.
     
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    Before I read this book, I was singularly interested in making money. In fact, I wanted to work for J.P Morgan Chase as a banker, at least an accountant of some kind of financial job. I would literally be some Wall Street caricature if I hadn't read this book as a younger man.
     
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    Still would like more.

    What, you guys don't read?
     
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    I read "The Death of Ivan Illyich" when I was doing the night watch when my mom was dying. It didn't actually make me sad, considering the circumstances, but it was a really good book. After that I decided I liked Tolstoy more than Dostoevsky, but if I say that out loud in most placed people lose their minds.

    Honestly, Steinbeck's "The Red Pony" makes me sadder than any other book, but I haven't read it since I was little.
     
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    I prefer Tolstoy too, he's a lot nicer. I've never read The Red Pony.

    Are there any important lessons that Ivan Illyich taught you?
     
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    Ooh I love Tolstoy. Anna karennina!!
     
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    I might.

    It seems like a worthwhile read but how do I know that it isn't War & Peace 2.0?
     
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    Dr. Zhivago was sad in a very depressing way.
     
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    Can't believe nobody posted this:

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    How is being nicer a criterion for preferring an author?!

    I want to say I prefer Dostoyevsky, but it wouldn't make sense because I haven't really read any Tolstoy. Maybe I'll start with The Death of Ivan Illyich.

    @slant — I think one of the saddest books I've ever read was Life and Times of Michael K. by J.M. Coetzee. Heart wrenching :sob:
     
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    Madame Bovary troubled me. I both felt for and despised Emma. That's the one that stands out for me. Maybe because I really didn't know what I was getting into when I read it. It was more depressing than just sad.
     
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    It's more hopeful, especially his later more explicitly Christian work. I'm not too eager to read anything sad. Who wants to sit around and mope?
     
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    I think there is much hope to be found at the heart of works like Crime and Punishment.
     
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