The Saddest Books
One of the colleges here is offering a course on the five saddest books ever written. If you believe it, they are:
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
The Awkward Age by Henry James
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
To The North by Elizabeth Bowen
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
Perhaps it’s supposed to be the five saddest books written in English. It seems a shame to leave out the Russians and the South Americans, who are probably better at sad than English speakers.
I’d want to leave the Ford and the Greene on the list but I’d need to make space for Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. Probably The Masterpiece by Emile Zola.
But I’ll change my mind a hundred times before bedtime.