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YankeyMCC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-31-08 07:34 AM
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34. Oh certainly I know exactly what you mean
Perhaps the first time this happened to me was when I read "Mice and Men" I felt true, deep grief over Lenny. This was before I had any close family member die, in a very real way it was my first expirence with the death of a person I cared about.

"East of Eden" and really almost all of John Steinbeck's works have characters that I've come to care about deeply.

More recently it was the Hyperion novels by Dan Simmons, and in particular the character of Aenea, her fate affected me deeply.

Also recently was "Lavinia" by Ursula Le Guin and the title character, even though I'm a middle aged man and the character is a young woman.
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  -So how caught up in books do you get? jobycom  Oct-29-08 01:16 PM   #0 
  - I miss the sandworms of the deep desert. nt  Deep13   Oct-29-08 01:20 PM   #1 
  - Shai-hulud! I remember when I went through my spice agony.  Rabrrrrrr   Oct-29-08 01:27 PM   #3 
  - Well-written fiction can draw me right i that way, and leave me feeling it for days afterward.  Rabrrrrrr   Oct-29-08 01:23 PM   #2 
  - Lord of the Rings  jobycom   Oct-29-08 01:49 PM   #6 
     - Try The Name of the Wind  jaredh   Oct-29-08 07:22 PM   #9 
  - The Years Of Rice And Salt has stuck with me big time since I first read it in 2003.  Forkboy   Oct-29-08 01:31 PM   #4 
  - Another vote for Years of Rice and Salt  leftyclimber   Oct-29-08 07:42 PM   #11 
  - YAY...someone else who has read it!  Forkboy   Oct-30-08 01:45 PM   #14 
  - That sound a little like Lessing's Shikasta.  sfexpat2000   Oct-30-08 01:58 PM   #16 
     - That sounds interesting.  Forkboy   Oct-30-08 09:44 PM   #26 
  - I didnt go to school for over a week  Imagine In Texas   Oct-29-08 01:47 PM   #5 
  - All the time  LibertyLover   Oct-29-08 01:57 PM   #7 
  - I got all weepy over Dan Simmon's Hyperion  MrCoffee   Oct-29-08 02:05 PM   #8 
  - The only one of his  TheCentepedeShoes   Oct-29-08 07:28 PM   #10 
  - Hey now! Don't go spoilin' the story for me.  azmouse   Oct-30-08 05:05 PM   #24 
  - I was exactly the same way.  YellowRubberDuckie   Oct-29-08 07:47 PM   #12 
  - Yeah, I tend to get emotionally attached to fiction a bit more than I should.  DarkTirade   Oct-29-08 07:47 PM   #13 
  - You ever get to where you don't want to start a new book because  jobycom   Oct-30-08 03:38 PM   #20 
     - That happened to me when I read Shantaram two years ago.  InternalDialogue   Oct-30-08 03:47 PM   #22 
  - Fictional characters have always been as real as people to me.  sfexpat2000   Oct-30-08 01:55 PM   #15 
  - I used to read the last page or two of a novel before I'd buy it.  jobycom   Oct-30-08 02:00 PM   #17 
     - I've done that, too, but mostly with authors I don't know yet.  sfexpat2000   Oct-30-08 02:22 PM   #18 
        - I never learned to skim  jobycom   Oct-30-08 03:35 PM   #19 
  - I love the world of Dickens.  PassingFair   Oct-30-08 03:42 PM   #21 
  - Oh my God, yes  WildEyedLiberal   Oct-30-08 05:01 PM   #23 
  - I can only take in so much information at one time so it depends a great  applegrove   Oct-30-08 09:25 PM   #25 
  - It can frustrate me, sure, and it often does...  reyd reid reed   Oct-30-08 09:48 PM   #27 
  - Oh, I do the same, to this day.  InvisibleTouch   Oct-30-08 09:50 PM   #28 
  - (dupe deleted) n/t  InvisibleTouch   Oct-30-08 09:50 PM   #29 
  - My husband wanted to divorce me after I read...............  pilar007   Oct-30-08 11:12 PM   #30 
  - That one really sucks the air outta ya, doesn't it.  PassingFair   Oct-31-08 07:24 AM   #32 
  - I get really involved in books I read.  Tilion   Oct-31-08 12:06 AM   #31 
  - Yes definately  BarenakedLady   Oct-31-08 07:28 AM   #33 
  - Oh certainly I know exactly what you mean  YankeyMCC   Oct-31-08 07:34 AM   #34 

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