I’m in the midst of reading “I know this much is true” by Wally Lamb. It’s really depressing.

Spoilers after the break.

Holy crap this book is depressing. Every horrible thing that could ever happen appears to have happened in this book. Let’s list them out. So I present to you… the list of misery – organized in no particular order.

The list of misery.

1. little girl kidnapped, molested, and murdered
2. schizophrenia
3. self mutilation – boy cuts of hand in a library in a slow painful process
4. car crash
5. sudden infant death syndrome
6. death by cancer – “6 months to live”
7. abusive dad
8. target of childhood mockery with a cleft lip
9. child pornography ring
10. drug addiction/usage
11. molestation of a mother in front of her children
12. rape
13. prison abuse
14. divorce
15. adultery
16. deep rooted guilt
17. unfulfilled/failed moments of kindness
18. the draft – the misery of war
19. molestation of children by hitchhikers
20. blackmail
21. backstabbing of loved ones
22. racists

I was just thinking about how I hadn’t seen any suicide… and then BANG. The next chapter had a guy with a gun in his mouth.

23. suicide

There has also been no sign of incest, so that’s good.

I think I might add to this list as I continue through the book. Man. How depressing.

2 thoughts on “Reading.

  • 2/25/2009 at 4:19 pm

    Based on your list, I predict the following:

    24. incest
    25. genocide
    26. nuclear war
    27. a giant bucket of feces and/or pigs’ blood being dumped on someone’s head, possibly while he dies of radiation poisoning

  • 2/27/2009 at 9:38 am

    Book Update:

    incest is a check (kind of. Stepuncle? does that count?)
    we can also go ahead and add voyeurism to the list


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