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Old 10-26-2011, 09:42 PM   #46
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L'étranger (The Stranger) - Albert Camus.

A must-read in my opinion. Camus wrote the most outstanding novel about absurdity.
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:43 PM   #47
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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Huxley was a pure genius. He was right, Orwell was wrong.

wiki: On 21 October 1949, Huxley wrote to George Orwell, author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, congratulating him on "how fine and how profoundly important the book is". In his letter to Orwell, he predicted:

Within the next generation I believe that the world's leaders will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging them and kicking them into obedience


Wiki: Social critic Neil Postman contrasts the worlds of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World in the foreword of his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death. He writes:

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.


and this must go with this:

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar
Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;
Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
Remember us - if at all - not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.

....

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom
Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long
Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom
For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.




We are lucky, we still live in a world where we can see things with our own eyes, although it's becoming increasingly difficult. Take the Gaddafi story for instance. Our grandchildren will not have this option, people will suffer less, they will even be much happier, but also much duller. Less suffering and less character, less variegated world. This is the future and people will embrace it wholeheartedly. We will love that new form of slavery. Cheers!
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:44 PM   #48
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:49 PM   #49
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The Open Society and Its Enemies (Karl Popper)
Changed totally my mind about Plato and Marx. Impressive, best thing I've read against totalitarianism

Novel: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Funny, smart and much deeper than it looks

Now that is scary. I felt my valves flutter. I just clocked into this thread to say that nobody should be forced to read anything. But everyone should be encouraged to read "A Confederacy of Dunces.''

Last year I walked around New Orleans, found the clock, the alleyway where the ladies' art was displayed and the gay confrontation took place, the street where Ignatius lived and the location of the hot dog cart storage.

Better than Bloomsday tours any day.
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I would make every child read The Litte Prince.
One of my favourite books
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I read The Bible Code from Michael Drosnin. A Fascinating read but clearly based on bollocks.
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It's OK to be different.

A kids book that every kid should be forced to read, so they grow up to be mentally healthy adults.
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The Cleveland Amory Cat series (The Cat Who Came for Christmas, The Cat and the Curmudgeon and The Best Cat Ever)

The Perfect Mile, by Neal Bascomb

Strokes of Genius, about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and the 2008 Wimbledon final
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I bet the majority here read rubbish like Da Vinci code and other best sellers.
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I bet the majority here read rubbish like Da Vinci code and other best sellers.
Read the thread and decide for yourself.
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For something a little hard hitting: Disgrace

For something un-put-downable: The shining

For something with a challenging context: Surfacing

But of course, it'd just be easier to forget books and sleep.
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Default Re: If there is one book you would force others to read, which would it be?

hah reading some of the replies here it's funny i had a teacher that forced me and the rest of the class to read

1984
of mice and men
the great Gatsby

and a few other classic. All great!

I suggest "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (or how you like to spell the russian author)
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