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Tragedies (1 Viewer)

J.S.S

Senior Member
Does anyone know any books with tragic heroes or books where the main character dies in the end?
I all ready have a complete works of Shakespeare book, so please no recommending him. Also I was wondering if there are many modern day tragedies?
Thanks in advance.
 

Stewart

Senior Member
The problem here is that it may not be known that the character dies toward the end and therefore it can be deemed a spoiler. With that in mind, here's two novels where the main character certainly dies:

The Death Of Ivan Ilyich, Leo Tolstoy
Everyman, Philip Roth

I would also steer you towards A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving. And Yukio Mishima's The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea. Oh, and Lamb by Bernard MacLaverty.
 

Ilasir Maroa

Senior Member
And what level?

Some of those above are older books. Are you looking at contemporary books too? I don't want to suggest something that turns out to be the wrong age level or something.
 

Shawn

WF Veterans
Tragedies are everywhere, but it's not just the main character dying. It's about a person who tries to do the right thing, but ends up losing. Not necessarily dying.

Tragedy really is an overused word. But I can't think of any contemporary ones right now.
 

Faustling

Senior Member
Conn Iggulden's Emperor books about Julius Ceasar. Very entertaining and unless you're painfully ignorant about history it's no spoiler that the main character dies in the end.
 

Lance

Senior Member
Faustling said:
Conn Iggulden's Emperor books about Julius Ceasar. Very entertaining and unless you're painfully ignorant about history it's no spoiler that the main character dies in the end.

I would have never known if you hadn't of told me!!
 

Stewart

Senior Member
Shawn said:
Tragedies are everywhere, but it's not just the main character dying. It's about a person who tries to do the right thing, but ends up losing. Not necessarily dying.

Tragedy really is an overused word. But I can't think of any contemporary ones right now.

Everything ever written by Richard Yates, notably Revolutionary Road.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
 

Shawn

WF Veterans
Ah. I got a quarter through Gatsby and had to put it down... still haven't gotten back to it. Thanks for ruining it. ;)
 

Stewart

Senior Member
I've not even read it and know how it ends, thanks to Blake Bailey's excellent biography of the aforementioned Yates. If you want real life tragedy, in biography form, then that's a good place to look.
 

Shawn

WF Veterans
I hadn't thought of that! Wow... I'm out of it. :)

That would also mean Snowball and Boxer in Animal Farm.
 

Mustafa

Member
For contemporary works I would have to put out "The Green Mile" by King. What gives it a little twist is that the tragedy is not in the main character dying, but living.
 
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