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Top six books for you

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Milhouse, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. Milhouse

    Milhouse Senior member

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    The 100 books list spurred a quote that caught my attention.

    So, here is something to ponder:

    What six books are the most powerful, meaningful books you have experienced? These need to be books that you would read over and over, study thoroughly and enjoy.

    For me, that is such a tough question. I'll have to think for a while about it. I'm not sure that I've found my six even.
     


  2. JonHecht

    JonHecht Senior member

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    Don Quixote
    Complete Works of Plato, ed. John Cooper (kinda cheating, but whatever)
    A Theory of Justice by John Rawls
    Law's Empire by Ronald Dworkin
    The Concept of Law by HLA Hart
    Moral Limits on Criminal Law series by Joel Feinberg

    Honorable mention goes to The Idea of Justice by Amartya Sen, which came out this summer nad I am doing a detailed book study of.
     


  3. ConcernedParent

    ConcernedParent Senior member

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    The Great Gatsby, Dorian Gray, Farewell to Arms, Brave New World, East of Eden, 1984.

    All, ironically, were required high school readings that I still reread from time to time even now.
     


  4. coldarchon

    coldarchon Senior member

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    actually I think all books of my life have had an impact on me, so children's books should count as well, they gave me a fundament for what I am today ..

    the very hungry caterpillar
    winnie-the-pooh
    alice in wonderland
    capital
    moby dick
    divine comedy
     


  5. CDFS

    CDFS Senior member

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    Someone should start a thread titled 'Top four books for you'. It should be even more powerful and refined. Hard to improve on that...
     


  6. MrG

    MrG Senior member

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    actually I think all books of my life have had an impact on me, so children's books should count as well, they gave me a fundament for what I am today ..

    the very hungry caterpillar
    winnie-the-pooh
    alice in wonderland
    capital
    moby dick
    divine comedy


    DO NOT blame Winnie for what you've become. Many, many children the world over have read his books without becoming a complete train wreck, and I object to your use of him as a scapegoat for your weirdness.
     


  7. MrG

    MrG Senior member

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    To answer the OP seriously, I'm sure the six would change if I thought more about it, but these will probably always be near the top six:

    The Catcher in the Rye
    On Liberty
    Plato's Complete Works
    Brave New World
    A Grief Observed
    Where is Joe Merchant? (It's definitely a guilty pleasure, but it's a great escape.)
     


  8. JohnGalt

    JohnGalt Senior member

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    Atlas Shrugged
    The Fountainhead
    A Brief History of Time
    Brave New World
    Into Thin Air
    Hamlet
     


  9. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Senior member

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    Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
    Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    Please Kill Me edited by Legs McNeil
    Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
    Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

    Notable Mentions: The Sun Alo Rises, The Pearl, Of Mice and Men, The Sound and the Fury, Rabbit Run, Rabbit Redux, Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brave New World....
     


  10. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    In no particular order:

    Dune
    Coppleston's History of Phil set
    Riverside Shakespeare
    Something by Bertrand Russell (can't decide which this early in the morning)
    L'Étranger
    Charcuterie
     


  11. Strombollii

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    This is a damn good question:
    On the Road -- Kerouac
    Paradise Lost -- Milton
    Ulysses (and Portrait and Dubliners) -- Joyce
    The Stranger/The Fall -- Camus
    Grendel -- Gardner

    I think it's more the books that convinced me that I should pursue a Literature major...
    And runners-up: Ender's Game, Catcher in the Rye, Farewell to Arms, Sun Also Rises, Beowulf, Faerie Queene
     


  12. rdawson808

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    In no particular order:

    The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway
    Economic Analysis of Property Rights by Barzel
    Foucault's Pendulum by Eco
    Whatever was the first of Christie's Hecule Poirot stories I read

    that's all I can think of.


    b
     


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    The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations by Christotpher Lasch
    The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy by Christotpher Lasch
    Choices, Values, and Frames by Amos Tversky
    A Collection of Essays by George Orwell
    Neuromancer by Wm. Gibson
    Microeconomic Theory: Basic Principles and Extensions by Walter Nicholson
     


  14. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    ^ Nice call on Neuromancer.
     


  15. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    This is a damn good question:
    On the Road -- Kerouac
    Paradise Lost -- Milton
    Ulysses (and Portrait and Dubliners) -- Joyce
    The Stranger/The Fall -- Camus
    Grendel -- Gardner

    I think it's more the books that convinced me that I should pursue a Literature major...
    And runners-up: Ender's Game, Catcher in the Rye, Farewell to Arms, Sun Also Rises, Beowulf, Faerie Queene


    C'mon, you really read Ulysses?

    Mine:

    Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
    The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    Heart of Darkness
    Great Gatsby
    South
    by Shackleton
    Through the Mickle Woods - some Russian guy.
     


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