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10 Books About Loneliness - Publishers Weekly

The Path of Loneliness: Finding Your Way Through the Wilderness to God

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I would love to be prescribed books for loneliness and feeling stuck in a rut. I'll start with the second ailment first – I know I should change my job, challenge myself more, work in a field I really enjoy, but the trouble is, my current job pays really well, and I'm worried about the uncertainty of the future. I guess I need to be given a little more courage to take the leap I know is needed.

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - Books about loneliness often involve monsters, the only one of their kind, hideous and unlovable (The Tempest's Caliban is another example). Who is sadder or more alone than Frankenstein's Creature, unloved even by the man who made him? The Creature only turns to violence when he realises he is absolutely despised by those he encounters – worse, that he is sexually undesirable, romantically beyond the pale. It's hard to think of a more powerful invocation of loneliness than the final pages, as he leaps from the window of the boat and is "borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance."

Loneliness | W. W. Norton & Company

Loneliness Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - Books about loneliness often involve monsters, the only one of their kind, hideous and unlovable (The Tempest's Caliban is another example). Who is sadder or more alone than Frankenstein's Creature, unloved even by the man who made him? The Creature only turns to violence when he realises he is absolutely despised by those he encounters – worse, that he is sexually undesirable, romantically beyond the pale. It's hard to think of a more powerful invocation of loneliness than the final pages, as he leaps from the window of the boat and is "borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance."