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What is the most important book you have ever read?
at my last job. Had the fire instructions on the first page. Came in quite handy that fateful Thursday, let me tell you.
A Kind of Loving
Down & Out in Paris & London
Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Ragged Trousered Philantropists
The Book of Farts.
no other printed work will instruct my life decisions on that level. its the key to my faith, and i recommend it heartily.
Know Your Enemy
the "jean-claude" bits were inspirational
come on let's have better titles, thank you
the name of which has left me.... SHIT. she was one of the first 'feminists' and WAY ahead of her time.
a vindication of women's rights?
I read it when I was 15 and thought 'this is ME!' I've read it about 40 times and can recite long passages.
Also Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood. I read it when I was 16 and fell in love with her writing.
but I also love The Blind Assassin to death.
only cats eye and thehandmaidstale.
THE HANDMAIDS TALE
I think I've read all of them. The early novels are a lot 'colder' in a way, more distant. Life Before Man is the best of those, although The Edible Woman is great too, although quite simplistic.
You should read The Robber Bride and The Blind Assassin. And Oryx Crake if you like The Handmaid's Tale a lot.
which made me LOL!
I can still hear a girl at uni going - oh Andrew you MUST read it as its SO like you. - Jesus Christ is all I can say to that, silly cow.
it gets really great by the end though, persevere!
from first class
Animal Farm or Lord Of The Flies, both read at school.
everyone should read this.
a profound effect on me was 'Stuart - A life backwards' by Alex Masters.
It's a biog of a homeless guy written backwards from just before he died in front of a train back to his childhood. It gives a fascinating insight into how and possibly why he ended up being so utterly wretched and chaotic and is a very moving book. Anyone else read it?
i mean seriously, how has a book ever changed any of your lives? There are books that i love, and can read over and over again, but in what way do they actually provoke a change in you?
that I could surround myself in music. It gave me an early vision of how I imagined my life turning out. Now I live in Holloway and spend most days going to gigs, so...
Keep The Aspidistra Flying.
It stopped me being a miserable sod
In terms of directing me where I've ended up.
There are some parallels between what happened to Eggers and what happened to me, so to read that was like he was talking straight to me.
I can wholly relate to the part about 'being owed'.
it started really well but it just seemed to lose it!
and is definitely overrated. I just like it because I can relate to parts of it.
Don't make me call the police on you.
By Ryu Murakami.
Life changing indeed.
Has changed my life. Many have reinforced my opinions, some have made me rethink things, but none have changed my life in a huge way. The first book to change my life, I think, will be the first one I write.
but one that certainly affected and stayed with me, even now, is The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand. Incredible. It's about architecture and passion for it, set in NY in the 20s and 30s but it is really a metaphor for life, dreams, and not selling out.
It's wonderful - totally engrossing and in it's day started it's own school of philosophy.
its a book of REALLY great love poetry, most of which is not at all soppy but incredibly touching and truthful.
And it has a pink cover so wins.
Rand's philosophy is utterly despicable though.
made me promise myself I'd never read another book again.
1. The Unbearable Lightness Of Being - Milan Kundrea
2. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggars
Sylvia Plath's Bell Jar and Joan Didion's The Year Of Magical Thinking come close. And The Outsider by Albert Camus.
For when you all rush to Amazon.
the two that mr brainlove said, actually.
And in terms of shaping me into the geek that i am today and totally confirming my LUST for reading: His Dark Materials.
Shame the film is probably going to be gash, though.
but i'll probably see it anyway. I hope it doesnt spoil it for me :(
was very disappointed when Nicole Kidman was cast though.
it REALLY should have been Marcia Cross
rather. Although both apply.
She would have been PERFECT.
thinking of it was possibly my finest moment :D
Alhough that seems like a waste actually. Do something better.
I recognise the name that is playing him but not the character...
or having any prior knowledge of that film, it looks really beautifully shot. I'd be very tempted to go and see it for that reason alone.
But she's not an awfully believable actress at times.
is a bit young for me. Still, it looks very pretty. I'm more hopeful!
is all. That's just me though :)
to be the father of an 11 year old girl. I wasn't expecting him to look any older than that, really.
He might be a really good casting too.
my mind works in strange ways sometimes
sounds like a Bear though. Maybe they just made one up to fit with the story...
that picture looks quite interesting too..."oooh" indeed
Or do you think they are saving him for a later film?
"Iofur has been renamed though. Check the cast list on the site."
I'm losing faith in this film as the days go on
there seems to be conflicting rumours on the role of religion in the film too. Hm. We shall see.
Apparently they are not going to mention 'The Church' at all, and just replace it with The Magisterium at every point.
say the bible, right?
but i'd say these affected my life a lot more than most;
sylvia plath - the bell jar
jack kerouac - on the road
yevgeny zamyatin - we