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 Post subject: best book..
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 3:29 am 
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well, its really hard to tell ..
but i believe Siddhartha by Herman Hess ..is a very great book ...


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I love anything by Francine Rivers. Anyone of her dozen or so books are amazing and worth checking out. Actually I take that back you have to have a taste for her particualr writing. Ummmmm. Actually then I may have to go with The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. Ok actually I don't know because as soon as I put something down i am then reminded of five other books I love.


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I think that the Lord of the Rings books by J. R. R. Tolkien were pretty spectacular

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Probably the best book I have ever read is The Last Knife, by Annabel and Edgar Johnson. It really did help inspire me. It's about a boy whose brother (a concientious objector) gets sent to jail, and when his brother finally comes back, he scares him off. Feeling responsible, he goes up to an old commune where his brother and a bunch of anti-war buddies used to hang out. When he gets there, the people sitting around a fire there teach him a lesson about why his brother did what he did. It was really amazing. I definitely reccomend it to anybody who is concerned about war or peace.

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I would go with Catch-22. Funniest book I ever read, yet poinantly sad by the end.

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 Post subject: best book huh...
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I can't think of any one particular book, possibly farenheit(sp) 451 or Ender's game.
I think actually that most of my favorite books are by Garth Nix, so I would recommend anything by him as well.

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 Post subject: Re: best book..
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I think that it doesn't matter which book is the BESt, cause i can't define that word ... Although i loved hemingway in fo whom the bells toll I liked H.H in Demian... its so hard :roll:

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i would go with either some of the Dune books by Frank Herbert, oh and the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman.
Btw anyone who says harry potter is ignorant of fine literature

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I'd say that War and Peace is a good book, or the Lord of the Rings. Although War and Peace is a long read, and it requires a pretty good memory and concentration.


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 Post subject: Re: best book..
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basheer_haya wrote:
well, its really hard to tell ..
but i believe Siddhartha by Herman Hess ..is a very great book ...


I believe you are right. If you think that book is the best, it is the best to you.

By the way, has anyone read how to win friends and influence people by dale carenegie? Man, that book is amazing and I wish you can all get a copy of it.

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hm... It's hard to say. I believe that the Lord of the Rings series are some of the best books I've ever read. Stephen King's Dark Tower Series are way up there too though.

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Loved Tale of Two Cities or maybe Rebecca - all the Agatha Christie books so far. I can't think of one.


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Agreed, this book is money. Read "How to lose friends and alienate people" , that is totally off topic though

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 Post subject: 1984
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I was quite stunned by George Orwell's 1984. If it is the best, I don't know (how do you compare the quality of multiple great fictional books about different subjects?), but it is probably the one which has had the greatest impact on me, and which I remember most clearly.

I suppose most people in here have read it, but in case any of you haven't I won't spoil your fun. One most interesting part of it, however, is the way it illustrates how man's thoughts are structured by the vocabulary that's available to him. If you don't have a word for, let's just say freedom (or freedom means something radically different than in modern democracies), you're not very likely to think or speak about it - it follows that you probably won't be inclined to ask or fight for it either. There are some quite interesting discussions about the concept of truth as well.

There are a lot of political points in the book, but it's a great read even if you don't want to "read anything into it" (which I think is hard not to, but nevertheless...). Orwell was a great writer.

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