that one book that ultimately made you look at yourself and life differently...

Discussion in 'Books' started by Defence_mechanism, May 19, 2004.

  1. ok i know you all have one... or two, or three.

    please do tell.

    for me it's:
    Running Backwards Over Sand - Stephanie Dowrick
    Stone Butch Blues - Leslie Feinberg
  2. honeyhannah

    honeyhannah herbuhslovuh

    I think this is a great topic, it's unfortunate my responses won't be very interesting, because most of them I read when I was really, really young.

    Dear Mom, You're Ruining My Life
    The Pig Man
    Handmaid's Tale-Margaret Atwood
    Fences(play)- August Wilson

    these are all weird b/c none of them are anything i've experienced but still they struck something in me that really made me look at myself.
  3. ImaPeach

    ImaPeach Member

    The Bible..... duh!

    ok.... now that my mum's not looking. It was most likely the Celestine Prophecy or Brave New World
  4. people_lovr

    people_lovr Member

    Way of a Peaceful Warrior- Dan Millman
    Great book. I started a thred about it on here once.
    Everyone should read it!!!!!!!

    peace ya'll :)
  5. osiris

    osiris Senior Member

    Actually, i have had so many of those... i think in some way, every book we read, indeed, everything we take in with our sense, changes our lives significantly, even if it is so subtle we fail to notice... but here are the ones of mine i can recall:

    The Book Of Thoth by Aliester Crowley

    The Gunslinger(and the rest of the dark tower series, but especially this one) by Stephen King

    Otherland, the series by Tad Williams

    A book on Zen Buddhism of which i can't now remember the title or author

    and yesterday, i read a novella by Jose Luis Peixoto called Antidote which was a collaboration with a goth metal band, Moonspell, and came as digital media with their album... i strongly recomend this. it is truly like nothing i have ever before read. it's worth buying the album just to read that, in my opinion. i love the album too, but don't know that the style of music would be everyones' cup of tea... and, prepare to weep.

    oh, and The Grandmaster by Warren Murphy and Molly Cochran

    Imajica by Clive Barker

    The Barbie Murders, a collection of short stories by Jon Varney

    alright, i should stop now. suffice it to say, i've spent a lot of time reading.


    much love :)
  6. the dauer

    the dauer Member

    I've got a bunch. Here are a few.

    Hero of a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

    Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

    As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg

    My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

    Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide by Aryeh Kaplan
  7. Fractual_

    Fractual_ cosmos factory

    i dont think any book made me look at myself and life differently, i did that....
  8. jendi17

    jendi17 Member

    This might sound kind of childish, but the book called To Kill a Mockingbird.
    it really is good. Most people have probably already it or seen the movie. And also His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman...all 3 books. If I think of more I'll say, but I've read so many books.
  9. Dolphin~Rider

    Dolphin~Rider Member

    Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

    I read it when I was very young and, years later, I read it several more times. It is a simple story with many layers and many lessons.
  10. seamonster66

    seamonster66 discount dracula

    I'd have to add many of Hermann Hesse's works, as well as Kerouac.
  11. mariecstasy

    mariecstasy Enchanted

    oh geez there have been so many. i dont even know where to start.
    siddhartha by herman hesse
    steppenwolf by herman hesse
    celestine prophesy
    conversations w/ god by donald walsh
    the da vinci code(not me, but the religious world)by dan brown
    all the tom robbins books that i have read
  12. phillyrp314

    phillyrp314 Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

    Sweet. You're the first person that I know that knows about the Otherland series. I literally grabbed it off the shelf at the library by chance, and ended up loving it. I'm also a big fan of Clive Barker's, especially Imajica and Weaveworld. I admire the way he meshes reality with his brand of science fiction. It's mind-boggling.

    A few of mine...

    In the Absence of the Sacred by Scott Mutter
    Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
    Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
    Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis
    The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper

  13. Alice In Wonderland
  14. mamasoul

    mamasoul Member

    other voices, other rooms truman capote
    a prayer for owen meany john irving
    siddhartha herman hesse

    took what we lovingly called death lit sophmore year in high school. basically failed the class, but i think i got more out of it than most.
    isn't it great how books always seem to have perfect timing? ;)
  15. Sage-Phoenix

    Sage-Phoenix Imagine

    The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet :)

    Didn't convert me to Taoism, but provided an interesting perspective on life.


  16. The ones I can think of now are:

    "I miss you, I miss you!" by Peter Pohl and Kinna Gieth

    "Song for a Butterfly" by Maria Küchen

    "The Little Prince" by Antoine Saint-Exupéry (no clue how to spell that name!)

    "Wolfsaga" by Käthe Recheis

    and others...

    I only know the German titles of these books and translated them freely, so the "real" English titles might be different.
  17. backtothelab

    backtothelab Senior Member

    every kv book i've read to date

    the phantom toll booth(as a child, this was my fav)


    The amazing adventers of Kavalier and Clay

    And of course, a clockwork orange
  18. liveonce13

    liveonce13 Member

    A book that will make you look at your life and society itself differently is Days of War Nights of Love by CRIMETHINK FOR BEGINNERS.
  19. didge

    didge Member

    the alchemist by paulo coulho
    and the idiot, by fyodor dostskyevsky
  20. InTheFlesh

    InTheFlesh Member

    The communist manifesto. It made me realize that we don't need money or class to be happy. We only need what is necesary and things to make us happy. It also made me realize that the rich and the poor need eachother to survive.

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