it was so beautiful it hurt
November 13, 2011 9:33 AM Subscribe
Do you know any fiction/nonfiction/poetry that has beautiful, aching language?
posted by pleasebekind to Writing & Language (66 answers total) 88 users marked this as a favorite
Have you ever read something that just made you ache inside? Like a heartache blooming, I suppose. It can be a good or bad kind of ache. It can be about grief or love or food or just about anything. Mostly I would like to read something that uses language in a manner you didn't think was possible before, that would make you say, it was so beautiful it hurt. I don't know how else to describe it -- not to say that it should be in expense of the plot, but I don't want anything too plot-driven, like a page-turner. Rather it would be something where you take the time to read it? For example, Hayden Carruth's The Cows at Night
or Marguerite Duras' The Lover
or Anne Morrow Lindbergh's North to the Orient
. Not the kind of hurt where you cry and are depressed afterwards, but just something that weighs heavy in the heart and reminds you that you're alive, and you keep this with you all day thinking and thinking?