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 Post subject: Good pessimistic books?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 2:33 am 
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I'm curious to know if there are any good that are pessimistic out there? They can be concerning anything, human nature,our existence...


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I'm concerned because for me a pessimistic book means an unhappy ending ending - I can think of some good books with sad endings but don't want to spoil it.

Do you want a book with a pessimist as a main character that may or may not be a sad book?


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Farsix wrote:
I'm concerned because for me a pessimistic book means an unhappy ending ending - I can think of some good books with sad endings but don't want to spoil it.

Do you want a book with a pessimist as a main character that may or may not be a sad book?

I would like both .


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There is a good collection of nihilistic quotes in a book titled The Dark Side-Thoughts on the Futility of Life from the Ancient Greeks to the Present, by Alan R. Pratt, ISBN 0-8065-1481-7. It makes for a good pessimistic read on a rainy night. :mrgreen:


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It's hard to beat nihilism.

I found John Updike's Rabbit books and Catcher is the Rye pessimistic.


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jean-paul-sartre's "existencialism and humanism", is pretty depressing and it explains why so.....
its a pretty difficult read though however its very very short which is good if you have a bad attention span like me :/


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i have a book which is the most pessimistic thing i have ever read. It is called Everything Is Bad For You Its By David French. Its almost a dictionary. It tells you about the most horrible things, like how when a person laughs, it weakens their muscles and they may end up with narcolepsy because of that!

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Thanks for all of ur sharings :)
I would like more pessimistic fictions tho.


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Sylvia Plath- 'The Bell Jar'
John Steinbeck 'Grapes of Wrath'

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I've read this great book, it's called Catcher In The Rye, you should really read it! :D The boy in the book looks only at the dark side of things. It's really a great book, it's easy to read and isn't that long ;) But eventhough it has real pessimestic aspects the book is very cheerfull


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If you're looking for something sad I would recommend anything by Nicholas Sparks. If you're looking for something that ends depressingly, I found A farewell to arms by Ernest Hemingway to have a depressing ending. That's all I can think of right now, I don't know if it helps or not.

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I'm assuming that you have read 1984, but if not that is a good one.

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Read Sylvia Plath...don't read the Bell Jar if you are feeling depressed.

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Oldie, but goodie. My favorite, in fact. "Notes from the Undergound". It's by a russian writer (and I'm not even going to attempt to spell his name) but I love it, or rather, it brings me down. :x

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