Ten Books About Loneliness
“The strange, almost magical thing about these books is that in examining loneliness they also serve as an antidote to it.”
Source: 10 Books About Loneliness
In her “Publishers Weekly” article, Olivia Laing says, “I’m fascinated by loneliness – what it looks like, how it feels, what it does to people – and it seems I’m not the only one. There is a substantial literature of loneliness; unsurprising considering that separation and connection are among the abiding preoccupations of the novel.”
Many of the books on her list are highly popular. Some say that one reason we read is to experience events and states of mind that match our own or that are very different than our own. Perhaps a lonely person reads stories about loneliness to feel less alone and to see how loneliness is handled by another person.