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    Not really a novel but I'll go with Bernardo Soares from The Book of Disquiet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pierre Menard View Post
    Not really a novel but I'll go with Bernando Soares from The Book of Disquiet.

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    Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
    Doris Lessing's The Grass is Singing
    Guy de Maupassant's Une Vie
    Susan Hill's In the Springtime of the Year
    Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
    Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea




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    Tess in 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'.
    In my opinion, at least.

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    Antoine Roquentin from Nausea.

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    Beckett's Molloy.

    Knut Hamsun, Hunger (don't remember the name of the main character).

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    Beckett's Molloy.
    A good answer. Beckett was a master in portarying the loneliness of human condition, both in his drama and his prose. However, I judge his Unnamable to be the most extreme example of loneliness in his entire ouevre. While most of his characters had at least the assurance of being themselves and having some relation to the physical world, in the last novel of his trilogy the protagonist had no consolation to his aporia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by namenlose View Post
    A good answer. Beckett was a master in portarying the loneliness of human condition, both in his drama and his prose. However, I judge his Unnamable to be the most extreme example of loneliness in his entire ouevre. While most of his characters had at least the assurance of being themselves and having some relation to the physical world, in the last novel of his trilogy the protagonist had no consolation to his aporia.
    Yeah, The Unnameable takes it to a whole new level. The lack of physical world, doubting the validity of every word and 'action', the immobility, the claustrophobic feel of the 'setting', etc, it all takes the loneliness/isolation an entire step further.
    Vladimir: (sententious.) To every man his little cross. (He sighs.) Till he dies. (Afterthought.) And is forgotten.

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    Yes, I agree with The Unnameable.
    I guess, I suggested Molloy just because it's my favourite part of the trilogy.

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    My first reaction to the question was Robinson Crusoe (already mentioned).
    My second reaction was Pip in Great Expectations, but I can't quite put my finger on why.
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    The Groke from the Moomins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dark desire View Post
    Yeah... Meursault in The Outsider (The Stranger). He seemed very close to me though. Does that count? Reading Camus is like feeling - Yes Yes Yes.

    Yes, he is lonesome, but he also has Raymond and Marie.

    My choice is Grenouille from Perfume.
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    I got finished re-reading this novel recently. The Clown by Heinrich Böll. SOMEWHAT OF A SPOILER

    The main character Schnier is very lonely indeed. He sees himself as perhaps the single living entity with some common-sense and is also always playing the victim. In other words, much of his loneliness and folly he brings on himself, no matter his several very valid points. Still like the central character and the novel, nobody nor novel is perfect...

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    I have to agree with bouquin The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mutatis-Mutandis View Post
    Frankenstein's monster. Also, the narrator (I forget his name) of Notes from the Underground.
    I'm pretty sure he's nameless, I agree.

    I haven't read any of his books but I'm pretty sure that most Paul Auster narrators are of the lonely melancholic type.

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