So Many Books, So Little Time is hosting the 30 Day Book Challenge. Each day for 30 days I'll be answering one question about books.
Day Twenty: The saddest or most emotive book you have ever read
I'm not going to say that it's the saddest book ever written, but it's one of the only books that I've read that always makes me cry every time. Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame is such a beautiful story and it ends in such a beautiful way. I won't give away the ending (although, I'll give you a hint: it's nothing like the Disney film), but the last page of that novel always tears me in two emotionally. Quasimodo's love and devotion is so heartbreaking and you come away from the novel seeing him as the only character truly worthy of admiration.
I know it's a daunting read, but I highly recommend this novel. Start off with an abridged copy though, because Hugo's descriptions of Notre Dame cathedral, while beautiful, can put first-time readers off.