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Great modern tragedies

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Magik_Sphere
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Great modern tragedies

Post by Magik_Sphere » 13 Feb 2010, 06:17

I've recently run out of books to read, and I've just rewatched "stranger than fiction", which got me thinking, Due to circumstances in my life lately, which have me thinking a lot about death.



So, I'm looking for recomendations. Have you read any great, modern tragedies that I should read? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Chazwinski
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Post by Chazwinski » 13 Feb 2010, 11:13

House of Sand and Fog?
Granted I only watched the movie and haven't read the book, but it is basically a modern Shakespearean tragedy.

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Post by Laudo » 13 Feb 2010, 11:55

The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series was a tragedy for sure. Have you read any Augusten Burroughs? Most of his books can be considered comedic-tragedies.

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Post by Savant » 15 Feb 2010, 00:39

For a tragedy about wasted life potential and lost opportunities, The Human Stain by Philip Roth.



Or, for a tale of love lost, Snow Falling on Cedars.



I think they both were made into moves but the books are far superior.

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Post by QDLux29 » 15 Feb 2010, 14:53

Great book called Plays Well With Others by Allan Gurganus dealing with the AIDS crisis in early 80s New York - it's very tragic. And a bonus of a scene where a bag full of dildos explodes on a subway car.

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Post by das_boot » 17 Feb 2010, 23:45

... I think I need to read this book now, just for the mental image of a bag full of dildos and why someone would need such a bag on a subway. My first thoughts were that the dildos might have been explosive.

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Post by QDLux29 » 18 Feb 2010, 11:06

The book is also better when it's listened to on tape/cd. Allan Gurganus and the narrator are both from Georgia - it just adds that much more to it. And the dildos going everywhere on the subway is not only histerical, but then in context, it turns sad.

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Post by A Former UXN Forumite » 13 Nov 2013, 14:23

I'm late to the party, but for modern tragedies, you can't go wrong with Wallace Stegner.



"Crossing to Safety"

"The Big Rock Candy Mountain" had be weeping on the airplane.

"Angle of Repose" has some serious flaws, but is still a powerful story.

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