Doomed Love

So many great novels are filled with truly unhappy relationships.  However you feel about your relationship status this Valentines day, comparing your love life to those in these  five books will make you feel better.

Gone girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that this is one of the most profoundly screwed up and unhappy marriages in a novel.


Stoner by John Williams

Speaking of unhappy marriages, this amazing and beautifully written book has the most unhappy and bitter marriage I’ve ever read.  Stoner’s wife is truly unhappy with life and is determined to make Stoner that way as well.


Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte

Nobody is happy in this book.  One of the healthier relationships in this story of revenge is between a bitter old man and a ghost.


The End of the Affair by Graham Green

Early on in this book about a doomed relationship and another bitter old man writes that “this is a record of hate much more than of love”. That really plays out in the rest of the novel. So angry that his love has left him, the main character has trouble thinking of anything else, or moving on with his life in anyway.


Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

There have been people in unhappy relationships since civilization began, but few of them have been as disastrous as in this Greek tragedy. Oedipus accidentally gets married to his mother and end up stabbing his eyes out.  Happy Valentines Day!

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