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List Wednesdays :: Anna Picks 19th C. Horrific Tragedies by Kevin Wilder
This week’s list comes from our neighbor and friend Anna Carrigan. Anna is both a public health professional and appreciator of countless books. She works at the Homewood Public Library and represents 1/3 the leadership of local BiciCoop. Thanks, Anna!
When I was asked to create a book list for the creative and inspiring book/blog Some New Trend, I decided that it would be a perfect opportunity to show off how well-read and intelligent I am.  So, without further ado, I give you….
Horrific Tragedies of the 19th Century!

These are the gut-wrenching, make you (either) curl up and cry like a baby (or) stare in horror kind of books, so get ready.
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – Affairs, death.
2. Villette by Charlotte Bronte – A girl struggles through life, has a glimmer of hope that is opposed by everyone, and gets it snatched away from her at the bitter end.
3. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot -A brother and sister, a father with a grudge, seduction, and a dude with a limp.  According to Wikipedia it has a “dues ex machina” ending.
4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – A man murders some folks and then suffers for it throughout the entire book.
5. Anything by Thomas Hardy – Rape, seduction, rejection, deception, hate, murder, greed…this man has it all. Some examples: The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
6. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – I can’t think of a way to sum this up in one sentence; it is way too complicated.  I read the abridged version too (which I would recommend, unless you’re really into long descriptive narratives about war and politics).
7. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert – Affairs, death.
* The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka – ok so it was published in 1915 so it’s technically not a 19th century novel, but come on people! It’s terribly magnificent!

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Anna, you are amazing. This list, though horrific, brightened my day considerably.

Comment by Carrie Rollwagen

Anna, this is an excellent list. I enjoyed reading it. I also enjoyed seeing that one of the automatically generated ‘Possibly related posts’ included after it was entitled “Probe into the Anna Nicole Tragedy.” Metadata failure or resounding success? You be the judge.

Comment by Seth Persons

Are you kidding?? Les Miserables is one of the most wonderfully woven, complex stories of all time! Totally comes full circle, too.

Comment by Sarah Robins

Anna Rocks. ’nuff said

Comment by Elisa M

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