We’ll follow the old man…

December 10th, 2008 • Kate

Congratulations to Rena, who was the first to guess my all-time favorite holiday movie: that Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye classic “White Christmas.” Special props to lotusloquax who also picked “White Christmas,” but was second to do so. Every single time the general walks into the theatre at his old inn, and all the army men who served with him in WWII are there, and they all stand up to attention — man, I’m getting goosebumps just writing about it. And that’s nothing compared to the waterworks that pour out of my eyes every time I watch it. But you guys came up with some other really good choices as well!
So, Rena, email me with your mailing address, and I’ll get a copy of Let It Snow out to you promptly!
All this talk about weeping has got me thinking. What book always brings you to tears? Or, if you’re me, what book caused such weeping on first read that though it’s one of your favorites, you’ve never managed to read it again after that first, impressionable time? (That would be The Chestry Oak by Kate Seredy.) Sing out in the comments!

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16 Responses to “We’ll follow the old man…”

  1. karen hamilton Says:

    I cry at the same scene in White Christmas too. Every time. Old Yellar was a one time only book for me. I'll never forget it and I'll never read it again. I'm not really into sad books or movies. Give me happy endings and romance any day. πŸ™‚

  2. Julia Says:

    Congrats, Rena!
    Oh, I do love White Christmas, too! It is a remake of Holiday Inn – which I maybe like even more. I suppose, although I didn't guess it – Dickens' A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott ranks up there in my top 3 Christmas movies. And, I cry at the General's scene, too… (you'd have to have a pretty hard heart not to!)
    As far as books that make me cry – hands down, Charlotte's Web. When everyone leaves the fair and Charlotte dies – all alone (darn, I'm tearing up now) – I can't help but cry. Every time I would read that book to my girls (which was many, many times) – when we'd be coming up to that part, they'd ask, "Mom, are you going to cry?" – and I'd nod & sniff and the tears would start.
    And HP & the Deathly Hallows. Start crying when Hedwig dies and cry through most of the book. *sniff*
    Have to stop thinking about sad books now!

  3. Susan Says:

    The Watsons Go To Birmingham–1963. The chapter that takes place behind the couch makes me cry every time.
    I also read Love That Dog aloud to my students last year and cried in class, while reading it. I am a loon.

  4. Kiersten White Says:

    My dad still tells the story about the time he heard my ten-year-old self sobbing uncontrollably in another room. He ran in, panicked, and asked what was wrong.
    "Matthew died!"
    Curse you, Anne of Green Gables.

  5. Trish Doller Says:

    In the movie "In America" there is a part near the end that makes me cry every single time I watch it.
    But by far the most tear-inducing thing for me is the song "Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon that goes:
    I'm gonna watch you shine
    Gonna watch you grow
    Gonna paint a sign
    So you'll always know
    As long as one and one is two
    There could never be a father
    Who loved his daughter more than I love you
    It was featured in "The Wild Thornberrys" movie when my daughter was little. She loved that show, so we took her to see the movie. When the song came on, my husband–who is not typically a weepy man–cried. So now whenever I hear it, I think of that moment and geesh…I'm crying right now.

  6. Caroline Steele Says:

    There are a bunch of books that made me cry… in particular, Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, and Warchild by Karin Lowachee. I adore them both, but I haven't reread them.

  7. Kathleen Peacock Says:

    Someplace to be Flying by Charles De Lint had me in tears as did Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and LAMB by Christopher Moore.

  8. Keris Says:

    The World According to Garp I had to put down because I was crying so much I couldn't see the words.
    Made a terrible show of myself reading My Sister's Keeper in Starbucks – gulping sobs and everything.

  9. mtdiener Says:

    The Little Matchgirl. I avoid reading it, because I don't really like sobbing uncontrollably, but I have reread it a couple of times. There have been plenty of others that I've cried through, but The Little Matchgirl stands out.

  10. shellijohannes Says:

    Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

  11. lotusloquax Says:

    Yea! I got an honorable mention! I love White Christmas! Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are two of my favorite actor/singers ever. What's not to love in that movie? I cry too. Then again it's easy to make me cry.
    There are so many books that make me cry that I can't even begin to come up with the first one, and crying will never stop me from reading a book again. It means that the author has reached me at a visceral level. The ones I can't read again are the poorly written ones or the ones that are depressing at the end–no hopeful uptick when all is said and done.
    A few tearful one that stand out:
    Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse–so powerful
    Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
    Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larsen–great gushing sobs at one point
    My Sister's Keeper is in my TBR stack we'll see if I'm as sobby as Keris. I wouldn't bet against it.

  12. beth Says:

    Ah! I cry every time in that scene in The Hero and the Crown, when Aerin's father and Tor find her after she fights with the dragon!

  13. Rena Says:

    Yea, me! I won. Thanks Katie. I will be e-mailing you shortly.
    Now about books that cause me to cry… I cried like a baby while reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker. It's a well written story with fully realized characters, but a hard story to read no less. Don't know if I'm emotionally prepared to read it again. Also cried at the end of The Road by Cormac McCarthy, but I think I can read it again in the near future, although, I know I'll cry again.

  14. Rena Says:

    KATE, I was typing so fast, due to a high level of excitement and typed Katie instead of Kate in my previous message. (I'm completely the color of a tomato right now)!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Sorry πŸ™‚

  15. yellowbrick08 Says:

    I'm with Shelli, The Lovely Bones. I cried so hard reading that book. Oh, and at the end of Harry Potter book 6, after a certain professor died. I grieved for weeks.

  16. digressica Says:

    I cry when Beth dies every time I read Little Women (I keep waiting for the outcome to change, but she just keeps on dying every time). Also I bawled – BAWLED! LIKE A BABY! – at the end of HP & The Half-Blood Prince.