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Old 02-10-2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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What's the darkest book you've read?

For me it'd have to be The Collector and Animal Farm. The former didn't seem to have much point to it, it was just bloody depressing. Animal Farm...well...damn. Those last few pages...
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:14 PM   #2
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:15 PM   #4
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A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke is probably the most depressing book I've ever read. It was a great read though, I've literally just finished it.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:16 PM   #5
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:16 PM   #6
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this leatherbound edition of treasure island. even the pages were black. unreadable. metal as ****.

but seriously. the girl next door? i never even finished reading it. kinda forgot about it. but it's ****ed.

i read a lot of nonfiction on serial killers so i've read a lot of dark shit. but the fiction's a bit more messed up cause it's like, "oh. this isn't an historical narrative. this is coming from this guy's imagination."

even though the girl next door was based on a true story.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:17 PM   #7
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Of Mice and Men was depressing as hell. So was Mystic River.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:17 PM   #8
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A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke is probably the most depressing book I've ever read. It was a great read though, I've literally just finished it.


I've got this book, but I can't get into it because I can't stand biographies if they aren't autobiographical.

But goddamn, his death affected my life.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:17 PM   #9
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I don't know how dark others consider it, but when I read The Trial last year it actually sent me into a spiral of clinical depression. Granted I was already somewhat depressed, but it had the power to tip me over the edge.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:20 PM   #13
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I've got this book, but I can't get into it because I can't stand biographies if they aren't autobiographical.

But goddamn, his death affected my life.

I'm usually the same, but for me the fact that he was a close friend of Enke's made it worth reading. Ronald Reng is also a better writer than most people who write biographies of sportsmen.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:20 PM   #14
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You seem to mean dark as in depressing and hopeless, in which case On The Beach by Nevil Shute or The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. If you want truly dark books though then look to Kafka and Chuck Palahniuk.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:21 PM   #15
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"1984" by George Orwell.


Either that or "Neuromancer" by William Gibson. Dark as fuck.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:23 PM   #17
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Nothing really dark, I don't really go for those kind of books. The darkest I go are Stephen King books.
Torey Hayden books are pretty depressing though, mainly because they're based on true stories. They make me cry like a baby.
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On The Beach is also a good recommendation. Similar to Level 7, but Level 7 is more absolutely depressing. The last few pages are heart wrenching.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:25 PM   #20
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Nothing really dark, I don't really go for those kind of books. The darkest I go are Stephen King books.
Torey Hayden books are pretty depressing though, mainly because they're based on true stories. They make me cry like a baby.


Did you read the 1963 JFK book? That was pretty...bittersweet.
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