A list of books I have read recently which share the curious trait of being intensely depressing (but excellent):
- Disgrace, by J. M. Coetzee.
- Never let me go, by Kazuo Ishiguro (in theaters this Fall!).
- Solaris, by Stanisław Lem (re-read).
Some slightly spoilerish details on each follow.
- Disgrace: Sex as a curse, or a weapon. The fate of a troubled country. Aging. Despair, rage. Getting use to the later (even worse, in a sense).
- Never let me go: Child farming. Short lives. Surgery.
- Solaris: Beautiful planet, only it spawns replicas of your dead, beloved ones.
More about Never let me go in this later post.