What's the experience of getting a divorce really like? We've always had a soft spot for novelist Margaret Atwood's description: "A divorce is like an amputation; you survive it, but there's less of you."

On Thursday, our readers offered their own descriptions of divorce, drawing on experience to compare it to everything from a storm to a root canal.

Click through the slides below to see all their answers, then tell us what you'd compare to divorce to in the comments.

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