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(Metro)   Eight books guaranteed to make you a better person. Mein Kampf strangely not among them   (metro.co.uk) divider line 12
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2014-08-05 07:01:05 AM  
My go to is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It won't make you a better person, but it will make you feel better about being an asshole.
 
2014-08-05 07:15:17 AM  
List fails without Confederacy of Dunces and quite a few others.
 
2014-08-05 10:50:24 AM  
I've read 3 of those (Mockingbird, Curious Incident, World War Z) - better than average for these kind of lists.  Not sure I'm any better of a person.

/in before someone says "List fails without Atlas Shrugged"
 
2014-08-05 10:53:12 AM  
The works of Douglas Adams changed my life I would recommend reading anything by him
 
2014-08-05 11:08:01 AM  
Kind of an odd list to limit to fiction, but OK. Put me down for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.


As for TFA, I'm guessing they were running out of ideas by the time they got to WWZ, which, while not an awful book, actually kinda fails when it gets into the "how society works" stuff. Also:

Life of Pi manages to be incredibly spiritual without preaching religion at its readers.

Wrong. It preaches religion pretty farking strongly, it just doesn't preach a particular religion
 
2014-08-05 11:15:00 AM  
Pants full of macaroni!!:
/in before someone says "List fails without Atlas Shrugged"

I think any book with a central character that has a viewpoint you haven't considered can foster empathy, so yeah; while Ayn Rand might have been a goddamned sociopath with crazy-stupid opinions on everything, reading Atlas Shrugged could make you a better person.
 
2014-08-05 12:35:09 PM  

Cheron: The works of Douglas Adams changed my life I would recommend reading anything by him


This, also Tom Robbins.
 
2014-08-05 04:20:42 PM  

Gunther: Life of Pi manages to be incredibly spiritual without preaching religion at its readers.

Wrong. It preaches religion pretty farking strongly, it just doesn't preach a particular religion


Agreed.  One of the few books I had to just stop reading.  Once I started rooting for the tiger I knew it was time to call it quits.

I don't know if WW Z counts as having made me a better person, but it was a damn good read.  The South African chapter and the Palestinian chapter will stick with me.  It was all much more than what I had been expecting.

/and you know the Korean kid was a Farker
 
2014-08-05 04:21:50 PM  
Is The Book Thief any good?  I love WWII books but I know that some novelists just hit a point in their careers where they realize they haven't tried to cash in on the Holocaust yet.  If this is one of those books, I'd rather pass.
 
2014-08-05 06:41:13 PM  
The Bible, Torah or Koran didn't make the list.  The author is a godless commie
 
2014-08-05 10:27:21 PM  
This is one book parents need to have on hand if they have daughters.
Because, one day, there will be some explaining that needs to be done...

reneau.smugmug.com
 
2014-08-06 03:10:08 PM  
whoa, haven't heard of many of those books, never read any of them, except to kill a mockingbird.

to kill a mockingbird is good.

something by flannery o'connor...

anna karenina.

the idiot (or brothers karamozov).
 
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