Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Books That Make Me Weep

I've had a few books over the years that have made me weep tears of side-stitching laughter. The funny thing is, most of them are old, except for maybe Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

I almost fell out of my bed while Grunthos the Flatulent's major intestine reached up through his neck to silence his poetry reading for the good of all humanity. 

Another laughter-filled classic, roughly as old as Hitchiker's Guide but good enough to be called a classic, is The Princess Bride by the fictional S. Morgenstern, a.k.a. William Goldman. As good as the movie is, the book is even better. Yes, that's cliche, but in the case of The Princess Bride, it's actually saying something. 
I didn't know the movie had been adapted from a novel until I found a dog-eared copy of the book in my high school library shortly after the movie became everyone's #1 quotable obsession. I snapped it up and laughed my way through nearly every page. My sides hurt for days.

But my all-time favorite, perhaps because I read it most recently, is Don Quixote by Cervantes.

My poor children weren't sure what to do with me. I finally had to read it in seclusion to hide the tears streaming down my face and wheezy laughter escaping between each drag for breath. 

Cervantes masterpiece is more than 400 years old, and it still resonates with its readers. Oh to dream so high!
One other book makes me weep too, but not with laughter. Victor Hugo's Les Miserable is still one of the most transcendent books I've read. I was in college when I read it, so perhaps it wouldn't strike me as forcibly now, but I vividly remember wiping tears off my cheeks so they wouldn't stain the pages. 

I dream to write so powerfully.

Have a great week.


  1. It's been along time since I read donkey hotel. I think I read in Spanish.

    1. Yes. If you can read the Spanish, wow. That will be an awesome experience. Gotta love auto spell :)

  2. I have not read any of these books, Johnell (and I have read TONS of books)! Thanks for getting my summer reading list off to a strong start! =)

    1. Oh good. You'll have to tell me what you think!