Even 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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