A Book That Makes Me Sad


TIEbookmemebuttonEven remembering this book makes me sad.  As an impressionable child, I read everything I could get my hands on.  I don’t know where I got this book (probably the library) but I cried when I read it.  I think I was about ten or eleven at the time.  The book is Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders.  It’s a tale of animal abuse, of perseverance and love.  It was written in 1893 by a woman named Margaret Saunders, who heard the tale of an actual dog in Oregon who had been severely abused and mistreated until a kind family took it in.  Ms. Saunders, afraid that she would not be taken seriously, penned the novel under the name of Marshall Saunders.  She won a literary award for the book.  I’ll warn you that reading it will definitely make you cry.  It remains the saddest book I have ever read in my life, but it has such an amazing conclusion that it’s worth staying with the book.  This link will take you to a free Kindle version of the book Beautiful Joe, if you’re interested in reading it.

Comments?  What book have you read that made you sad?

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    • That was on my list, too, Dannie. But I have never been able to get Beautiful Joe out of my mind. It was written for children! In today’s world it definitely would not be a children’s book. I don’t generally like to read sad books either!

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