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Which classic novels have changed your view and perspective of life?

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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It was the book that showed me what books were all about, the first one I ever read myself. My nose has never been out of them since.
     
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    Great to see so many steinbeck fans
    longtime fav of mine
    just finished travels with charlie for the second time
    as far as modern reads
    a walk in the woods
    nomadland
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    Mansonienne Mod admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Loved Travels With Charlie!! And Grapes of Wrath....brutal!
     
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    1984, George Orwell

    It didn't change my views, but if gave me a unique perspective into my current views of the world given that it was written fairly long ago and yet can still hold so much weight in one's mind.
     
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    nhsdpl Senior Stratmaster

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    I don't know about life changing, but Raymond Chandler could tell a good yarn . . . .

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    Other really good books are Lord of the Rings and The Right Stuff. They didn't change my life, but they are still noteworthy.
     
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    could never get through Lord of the rings/hobbit
     
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    An Outline of History-H.G.Wells
     
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    Adventures of Huckelberry Finn inspired my lifestyle .
     
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    ukoldgit Most Honored Senior Member

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    Of Mice and Men too
     
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    Mansonienne Mod admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    and East of Eden...
     
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    ukoldgit Most Honored Senior Member

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    Not a novel but a good read with insight
    On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life - Charles Darwin
     
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    I don't know about life changing, I don't really think of books in that way. I don't read to be illuminated, I read to be transported...though I do acknowledge the influence of my choices. I am no longer the voracious reader I once was, I've either become too picky or simply too set in my needs.

    I too, grew up with Milne. My older brother read "Winnie The Pooh" & "The House At Pooh Corner" to me as a child and I read them to my younger brother. I still have all the books. I always enjoyed Milne's poetry and for several Christmases, I read "King John's Christmas" aloud to the kids at the library.

    I discovered Asimov early on. I must have checked out "I Robot" from the elementary school library a dozen times. I still enjoy reading golden age Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I have read "The Hobbit" aloud to kids at the library several times. That's always a treat.

    While I have read many of the classics (I started college life as an English major...then realized I'd starve to death with that degree), I can't think of one I would curl up and re-read. Dickens, perhaps. I love his use of language.
     
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    Nope - I am from the era where books were one of the main forms of entertainment. Remember Black and White TV with 3 channels? I read voraciously when I was young, then transferred my interest to music, work, family, chores etc etc etc.

    My work involved IT so I moved into the internet world fairly quickly as it developed. For example all the technical manuals went online and clients connected using VPN, and on and on.

    Reading is also a good way to expand the mind, and learn grammar and spelling. The latter is something that a good number of the younger generation fail at terribly. There's the shame of it in my humble opinion.
     
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    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Tale of Two Cities
    Les Miserables
    Letters to Earth
    Johnny Got His Gun
    Red Badge of Courage
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    The Muckrakers
    Waiting for Godot

    ...I read a lot.

    Not asked, so I'll volunteer it...Modern novels that have had the same effect:
    Shantaram
    Shibumi
    Shogun

    There are more but...

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    I forgot...
    Of Mice and Men
    Catcher in the Eye
    Lord of the Flies
     
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    I'm so embarrassed that I still haven't read To kill a Mockingbird yet, I keep reminding myself that and yet it slips my mind later.
     
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    I'm surprised Harper Lee's one hit wonder has not appeared more often. A look at the unjust treatment of one human by others through the unconditioned eyes of a child. Should be part of every child's education.
     
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    I'll go back as far as Charlotte's Web, learned something about the circle of life, also The Cat in the Hat regarding letting people into your house that you don't know.
     
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    Don't be, just go out to a mom and pop book store and buy it!
     
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