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Old 01-26-09, 09:07 PM   #1
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Books that have impacted you

For me it was "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac and "Don't Stop the Carnival" by Herman Wouk, but for very different rerasons.

Within a few years of my first read of "On The Road" I actually found myself moving to the Bay Area in CA. His writing style, the way he expresses himself and his beliefs on many things had a large impact on me.
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The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis.

Definitely a "must read" for a Christian.....puts 'eternity' in to better perspective.
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Nice list Pgoat. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is another great one. Definitely a VERY thought-provoking book.

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee is a book I've bought but never got around to reading yet.
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Hmmm.....

Animal Farm/1984 ... Interesting notions about state and government

The best of all possible worlds ... Very philosophical, made me look at the notion of self and what matters in live

the bible....curiously enough, that was what finally put me off christianity

Nietzsche ... although part of it truly rabid, he makes a lot of very good points.
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I'm not a voracious reader and to date I have never read a book that has had an impact on my life. In the past, I have only read nonfiction. I'm preparing myself to read The Shack. Currently, I'm an atheist and have been for 20 years. I don't have a clue whether or not I am "right". My wife and in-laws are Catholic (Shiite Catholic), and I find myself fascinated by the Catholic religion. We'll see what happens.
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Camus- The Stranger.


No, I mean it literally. Someone threw it at me.

OK, serious list now:

The Bible
Alvin Toffler - Future Shock
Isaac Asimov - Foundation
Islands in the Stream
The Grapes of Wrath
Moby Dick
Wuthering Heights
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"Atlas Shrugged" was for me a a long waste of time trying to instill standards I already had. BORING
Who cares where John Gault is? Same for the sequel that I can't even remember the name
of.

"1984" and "Fahrenheit 451" were scary and becoming more true every day. Both have had a large effect on my opinion of our politicians. Not necessarily our system.

Oddly "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein may have given me more pause for thought than any book I've ever read. It has shaped much of my personal philosophy.
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For me it was "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac and "Don't Stop the Carnival" by Herman Wouk, but for very different rerasons.

Within a few years of my first read of "On The Road" I actually found myself moving to the Bay Area in CA. His writing style, the way he expresses himself and his beliefs on many things had a large impact on me.
Cool. If you liked On the Road then you'll probably like The Dharma Bums. Kerouac wrote about his friends--Neal Cassady, for example, the guy who drove "the bus" when Ken Kasey took off across America, was Dean Moriarty. Gary Snyder is Japhy Ryder in The Dharma Bums and he is a Zen lunatic who all the girls adore and all the guys want to emulate. In reality, he was one of the people present when Allen Ginsberg read "Howl" for the first time at the City Lights Bookstore.

Anyway, as far as influential books go, there are too many to count.

A few though:

Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
The Aztecs by Gary Jennings
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinliein
Candide by Voltaire
Drop City by T. C. Boyle
Cat's Cradle, Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker


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The Bible
Alvin Toffler - Future Shock
Isaac Asimov - Foundation
Islands in the Stream
The Grapes of Wrath
Moby Dick
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights was one of the saddest books I've ever read.

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Oddly "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein may have given me more pause for thought than any book I've ever read. It has shaped much of my personal philosophy.
It was such a great book. We could all learn something from the "Man from Mars."
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Cool. If you liked On the Road then you'll probably like The Dharma Bums. Kerouac wrote about his friends--Neal Cassady, for example, the guy who drove "the bus" when Ken Kasey took off across America, was Dean Moriarty. Gary Snyder is Japhy Ryder in The Dharma Bums and he is a Zen lunatic who all the girls adore and all the guys want to emulate. In reality, he was one of the people present when Allen Ginsberg read "Howl" for the first time at the City Lights Bookstore.
I already read it. It's probably in my top 5 books. Another fantastic one.
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impacted (ĭm-păk'tĭd) pronunciation
adj.

1. Wedged together at the broken ends. Used of a fractured bone.
2. Placed in the alveolus in a manner prohibiting eruption into a normal position. Used of a tooth.
3. Wedged or packed in, so as to fill or block an organ or a passage: impacted feces.
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pe⋅dan⋅tic   /pəˈdntɪk/ adjective

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pe⋅dan⋅tic   /pəˈdntɪk/ adjective

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2. botto.
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