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philnotfil
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posted July 08, 2009 12:10 PM
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Songmaster by Orson Scott Card, the thought that went through my mind was "well done thou good and faithful servant".

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K.Rowling, when Harry digs Dobby's grave.

The Last Colony by John Scalzi, the last couple of paragraphs (but the last sentence made me laugh).

Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card, the Absolom line by Bean.

These two are short stories, but I'll include them anyway:

The Green Hills of Earth by Robert Heinlein.

The Long Watch by Robert Heinlein.
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posted July 08, 2009 12:34 PM
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The last few pages of The High King by Lloyd Alexander.

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posted July 08, 2009 02:27 PM
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Probably half the pages of The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
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posted July 08, 2009 02:41 PM
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The climatic, Christmas scene from Card's The Lost Boys.

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Greg Davidson
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posted July 08, 2009 08:30 PM
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Flowers for Algernon
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posted July 08, 2009 08:35 PM
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The Audacity of Hope. I laughed until I cried.
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posted July 08, 2009 09:37 PM
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Audacity of Hope just made me feel embarrassed

Catch-22. Laugh until you cry, and want to cry at some of the sad scenes
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posted July 08, 2009 09:56 PM
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Can't think of any books that move me to tears. Although the rather obscure Thomas M. Disch title "The Genocides" was so bonecrushingly depressing that I'll probably never read it a second time.
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posted July 08, 2009 11:01 PM
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Ah, Disch. A very superior literary stylist, at least for his time as an active sci-fi author, but he seemed to evade putting his loving heart into his works.
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The bit thats always got me is in
"Of Mice and Men" when George has to kill Lennie because he knows that he will suffer a worse death at the hands of Curley's lynch mob.
Read it in school and cried my eyes out. Bought the book as an adult and still cried my eyes out.
To this day I still cant bring myself to watch it on screen. I think it would probably finish me off! [Frown]

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I just finished reading The Old Man and the Sea. His return voyage home with the sharks made me very sad.
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I was surprised that the first thing that came to my mind was the end of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, when the author realizes his failure to literally see the world through his son's eyes (because his son was behind him on the motorcycle and couldn't see anything the whole trip). A wonderful description of empathy, and the impact when it is lacking.
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There's a similar situation in the follow up book Lila. Have you read it?
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I've read Lila, though the similar situation isn't jumping out at me. I've read, or rather listened to Zen probably 6 times, but I've only read Lila twice, and not recently.
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**Spoiler Alert**


At the end when Lila believes that Pirsig is trying to murder her when he just resolved to take care of her for the rest of her life is the part I'm talking about. It was so sad for both characters.


**End Spoiler Alert**

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Oh, of course. It's just been too long since I read the sequel. Interesting how both books end with the realization that there was a fundamental misunderstanding throughout.

If you're not sick of hearing about Iraq, I recommend The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell by John Crawford. He was in the Florida National Guard and was deployed to Iraq, and wrote this sort of as a journal I guess. To me, it was sort of like reading Full Metal Jacket or something.

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