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Memoirs and novels (novels of course can be memoir rewritten): the impact on our lives...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Wanda_the_Wonder, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. Wanda_the_Wonder

    Wanda_the_Wonder Occasional commenter

    Memoirs and novels (novels of course can be memoir rewritten): the impact on our lives can be so seminal.

    Some say that certain books have changed their lives. I have never had that experience, but there are a number of books – always novels or autobiography – that have made me think over and re-evaluate aspects of my life. The top ten such books:

    1 ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ … Erich Maria Remarque

    2 ‘Confessions’ … Saint Augustine

    3 ‘The Fall’ … Albert Camus

    4 ‘The Seven Storey Mountain’ … Thomas Merton

    5 ‘A Moment of War’ … Laurie Lee

    6 ‘Reunion’ … Fred Uhlman

    7 ‘If this is a Man … Primo Levi

    8 ‘Ulysses’ … James Joyce

    9 ‘To Kill a Mockingbird … Harper Lee

    10 ‘The Story of a Soul’ … Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
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  2. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    "Do it with Dunty vol.1-10" by Penelope Boudicaa Dunty.

  3. NoseyMatronType

    NoseyMatronType Star commenter

    The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu (stunning medieval psychological novel)

    23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism - Ha Joon Chang ( which decisively establishes that quite a few of the right-wingers on here are talking out of their ars*s because they know **** all about economic history)

    Altruism - Matthieu Ricard

    Journey to the End of the Night - Louis Ferdinand Celine

    Crash - J.G. Ballard

    Hardcore Zen : Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality - Brad Warner (because it comes as close as any publication can get to explaining what the meaning of life is)
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  4. Wanda_the_Wonder

    Wanda_the_Wonder Occasional commenter

    Hardcore Zen : Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality - Brad Warner (because it comes as close as any publication can get to explaining what the meaning of life is)

    Well, well, well! I have been searching a long time for the meaning of life. I must seek out this book..
  5. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    A formidable piece.
  6. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    There was a Pan thriller from the 1950s with similar overtones...can't recall the title...set in Florida.


    Slam the big door 1960 Joe MacDonald

    I osometimes wonder if Ballard picked ideas from this earlier book.
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  7. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

  8. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    How to kill a Troll by Marsha Rabbit available on Amazon
  9. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    Chickenhawk, by Robert Mason. Gritty and true Vietnam narrative.
    Anthem for doomed youth, by Jon Stallworthy. The lives and works of twelve soldier poets.

    God of speed, who makes the fire
    God of peace, who lulls the same
    God who gives the fierce desire
    Lust for blood as fierce as flame
    God who stands in pity's name
    Many may ye be, or less
    Ye who rule the earth and sun
    Gods of strength and gentleness
    ye are ever one

    JHF Grenfell
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  10. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    download (1).jpeg

    Joseph Beuys br Robert Lebeck
  11. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Stop behaving like one.
  12. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Excellent book.

    I also enjoyed Stephen Coontz's 'The Cannibal Queen' and Alexander Frater's 'Beyond the Blue Horizon'.
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  13. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    $650 and in stock!
    I love black and white photography.
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  14. Laphroig

    Laphroig Lead commenter

    The John Stallworthy anthology is brilliant. I am in my third copy as I wear them out,
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  15. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Seconded, but I will always prefer Michael Herr's Dispatches, which I rate among my top five reads on any subject so far.

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  16. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    Excellent choice.
    I read it a long time ago.
  17. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    Did he (Coontz) write another called Sentient? Or am I mixing him up with another author?
    Not read yours but as you recommend I will do so.
  18. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    I do not think it is available in English but a book by a chap called Peter Bruckner 'Sozialpsychologie des Kapitalismus' was immensely challenging to my brain.

    He coined the phrase 'structural violence' and there is always something great about a book that makes you realise there still is lots you either do not know or never really had in you to consider.
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  19. ACOYEAR8

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

  20. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    I thought about writing a book called, "To Grill a Mockingbird"!!

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