anghara (anghara) wrote,

"Books that have changed your life"

There seems to be a lot of that going around lately on Web discussion forums - 'tis the time of year I guess. Here's two interesting ones:

>Mon Nov 28, 2005 5:18 pm
>hum... i never thought abt it before, but i think most of my favourite changes me in some way. persoanlly i think they all changes you, it help you develop and mature.
>1. pride & prejudice by jane austin, i love this i became a dramatic romance after
>2. spoil of time & others by penny vincenzi, she make me view the world differently and how i wish i could endugle like some characters, she change my writing style too
>3. jin shei by alexanda alma, something abt this book just keep me thinking
>4. i can't believe this but yes, davinci code by dan brown, i'm open to many more question abt life, sprital being and modernism

What a jam! A classic, and two self-avowed potboilers (Vincenzi writes glitzy soap-operaish stuff, and Dan Brown writes... whatever he writes... if I could sell one percent of what "Da vinci" sold I'd be doing REALLY well...

and then -

>+ esther. *
>Dec 8 2005, 03:50 AM
>+ Jane Eyre
>+ The Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe
>+ Memoirs of a Geisha
>+ The Secrets of Jin-Shei

Jane again, Narnia, and a phenomenally successful book which has just been turned into what by all accounts is a beautiful movie...

I feel pretty contented.

What, books that changed *my* life...?

DO you know how hard that question is?...

Okay. I'll try. In random order:

- Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables". I still cannot read the last page of that book, because I can never see it through the tears.
- Howard Spring's "My Son, My Son". It was one of the first books I wept openly while reading, and I was ten years old. It gave me a sense that books held real power.
- Lord of the RIngs and the Narnia books. What, you didn't expect that...?
- Captain Corelli's Mandolin, if only because I made it a litmus test which my husband-to-be had to pass if this marriage was to go ahead [grin]
- Call of the WIld and White Fang, in equal measure, because they were about wolves and dogs and those are my totem animals, really.
- (you're not going to believe this) Three Men In a Boat, because it made me laugh out loud. Lots of times.
- (and you're not going to believe this, either) something called Winnetou, by a German writer called Karl May of whom you may or may not even have heard. THe guy wrote "Westerns", but his idea of frontier America was, to be generous, rather... improbable. Nonetheless, before I even knew the degree of that improbability, I fell in love with it all, and I nurse to this day a secret devotion to the APache tribe because of it. The tone of the book, when I glanced at it again as an adult, is sometimes kludgingly moralistic and even evangelical sometimes when May loses control over it - but there are still parts that remain powerful for me.

Oh Lord. SOmeone make me stop, now....

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