Writing Prompt: Hangover Square

This post is dedicated to my top 10 favourite books:

1. Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton

2. Candide – Voltaire

3. Our Ancestors – Italio Calvino

4. 20 Thousand Streets Under the Sky – Patrick Hamilton

5. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

6. OUT – Natsuro Kirino

7. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

8. Dracula – Bram Stoker

9. The World According to Garp – John Irving

10. Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin


Although these are all very different books with very different character, I noticed that there is something tragic about all of them. There is comedy, romance, social commentary, murder, philosophy, family, and fantasy in most of these, but it’s the tragic element of the main characters that they have in common. For instance, in “Hangover Square”, the protagonist is an un-dianosed Schizophrenic with a murderous streak. In “Like Water for Chocolate”, our heroine is destined never to marry, but must look after her tyrannical mother until she dies (boyfriend marries older sister, complications ensue), and in “Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky”, all three main characters are victims of tragic love. I wonder what that says about me?

Try this, pick your top ten and try to work out what it is that these books have in common and what you think your selection says about you. Write this one like a list followed by a diary entry. Try to recall how you learned about these books. (gift, recommendation, random pick from Amazon, etc)


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