- This book changed my life…..
Just finished a cheap thriller (book that is) and although it was riotus and kept me turning the page I’ve been left unfulfilled. So literary types/Richard and Judy book club members tell me about your fave… finish the last page sit back, eyes closed and think….
“yeah man, that was a mighty good thing to get in my head”
Only cheery inspirational stuff please, not a Daily Mail fan
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I read the entire published works of Kurt Vonnegut when I was living in Finland, I particularly like Bluebeard (which I have a copy of), the trouble is they all tend to blur into each other and you end up with this weird Kilgore Trout shapeshifting universe in your head! 😆
Tibour Fischer – The Thought Gang is laugh out loud funny, I think I may reread that actually!Posted 9 years ago
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. A simple, feel good story with some fantastic characters and great insights into the human condition. I’ve re-read it at least 4 times now and always experience that wide eyed wonder you get when you know you’ve learnt something special. Has a sequel as well, Sweet Thursday, which is equally inspiring.
Mind you, I am a huge Steinbeck fan, slowly working my way through all of his books. My favourite is East of Eden, but that has a fair amount of unhappy material so doesn’t really fit your criteria. I would urge anyone to read it though, amazing book.Posted 9 years ago
I found Of Mice And Men one of his least satisfying books to be honest. Struggled to feel empathy with most of the characters for some reason. I’ll give it another go I think. Not sure why this and Grapes of Wrath are chosen as study material in schools, as they are his most depressing books (albeit great stylistically, especially GoW). I’d have taught Tortilla Flat, which is a riot. Admittedly, the subject matter of drunkenness, womanising and petty theft might not go down well with the authorities 🙂Posted 9 years agocolandeMember
changed my life
no fictional book has changed my life, doubt one ever will
Cyclecraft by john franklin, is definitely a book that will open your eyes! this is the bible for anyone who rides on the road,
sorry not a “story book” but it’s inspirational stuffPosted 9 years ago
The Biggest effect? Necessary Illusions by Noam Chomsky completely changed my world view when I first read it, I still dip into it occasionally now. The other was a copy of The Ascent of Everest I found in a second hand book shop, by John Hunt himself. Amazing what they did without the technological backup we all seem to take for granted nowadays. Extraordinary.Posted 9 years agocuspidorMember
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Elias Canetti. If you can find a copy .
One of the most compelling things I’ve ever read.
In Auto-da-Fé no one is spared. Professor and furniture salesman, doctor, housekeeper, and thief all get it in the neck. The remorseless quality of the comedy builds one of the most terrifying literary worlds of the century.”–Salman RushdiePosted 9 years agoReluctantMember
You lot have read some good books! I love Cannery Row, Catch 22, Keep the aspidistra flying, and recommend them all – they all make me laugh.Posted 9 years ago
As something more up to date and lighter , how about some Tom Robbins? “Even cowgirls get the blues” and “Jitterbug perfume” are both awesome little books, well written and very funny. And what about Flann O’Brien’s “Third policeman”?srrcMember
“Systems thinking in the public sector” John Seddon.
More readable than it sounds, explains clearly why the last 10 years of “command and control” from central government has been such an expensive disaster.Posted 9 years ago
Instinctively thought that spending twice as much on the NHS and getting a worse service wasn’t good, this book explains.caseMember
On the Road – was the book for me when I was a teenager.
Recent books that have done it for me would include JPod and Life After God by Douglas Coupland. Engleby by Sebastian Faulks. The Arabesk Trilogy by Jon Courtney Grimwood or Syrup by Max Barry (the funniest book I have ever read).Posted 9 years agoRatfighterMember
Kinda got beaten to it but definitely
On the road by Jack Kerouac. It made me realise that I too was spending every moment just chasing that last hairpin turn too
The other and more sporting focussed I suppose wasPosted 9 years ago
the mind gym by Gary Mack. Virtually every page turned was met with “I do do that!!” Helped me a lot with “head based” issues in my Archery
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