So said Stephen Fry (actor, writer, and more) in a June 24 excellent post on his suicide attempt last year.Intrigued by his statement that loneliness is not much written about, I did a quick run-through in my own mind about books I’ve read and whether or not loneliness was in there.
I’ve come up with these so far:
A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle
The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (thinking Boo Radley)
In a singular way, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Was there loneliness in The Hours by Michael Cunningham? Or in The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway? It’s been too long since I read those two, but I suspect loneliness was in them.
Do you recall a book you have read where loneliness played a role? Please tell me in Comments here or on my Yours In Books Facebook page or as a tweet. I’m truly curious!
By the way, I learned about Fry’s post in one of Dave Pell’s NextDraft emails, always full of cool bits about doings out there in the world. If you’re interested in getting on his list, visit this site and subscribe. You’ll enjoy his wit and can click through on the links that interest you from there. Now, any books where loneliness figures in?
Hey Lady! How ’bout Herman Hesse’s Steppenwolf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steppenwolf_%28novel%29
Thanks for the suggestion, Steve! (I did see your separate tweet but couldn’t reply right away.) I’m embarrassed to admit that I never did read Steppenwolf… but it sure sounds from the descriptions like it should be in the list.