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What are some of the most thought provoking books you've read?

Asked by xacrox (243points) February 28th, 2008 from iPhone

what would be some good books to read? Ishmael is really good, I would love to find others similar or not similar to that book. It doesnt matter too much.

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theredjawa's avatar

Animal Farm
Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein
and yes I have read them . ;)

xacrox's avatar

@theredjawa: I do love animal farm as well. I’ll have to look at the latter book.

squirbel's avatar

Atlas Shrugged, Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

squirbel's avatar

the Dune series is good for invoking thought as well :)

allen_o's avatar

The nazz – tom veitch
1984 – George orwell
the watchmen – Alan Moore
the emporer wears no clothes – I can’t remember who wrote that one though

xacrox's avatar

@theredjawa: I saw animal farm and 1984 and for some reason my mind read 1984 as George Orwell, odd. But I’ve read that as well.

Everyone else, thanks…
I have lots of reading to do. Haha.

theredjawa's avatar

watchmen is awesome. Are we including comics and graphic novels?

xacrox's avatar

@theredjawa: I suppose, if they are though provoking. But moreso plain text novels and nonfictions. Ishmael has a few pictures in it but these are to back up things or explain things.

Spargett's avatar

The Age of Spiritual Machines.
A Year to Live
The Philosophy of Money

I know you’ve read this, as stated but I just wanted share that Ishmael was life changing.

diceliving's avatar

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
The DiceMan by Luke Rhinehart

wodowd's avatar

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle by Robert M. Pirsig

mirza's avatar

The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Guevara
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Cardinal's avatar

Currently reading Man’s Search for Meaning by Frankl. Interesting perspective on the human condition during the hardest of times. The Catcher in the Rye, Catch 22, On the Road and Atlas Shrugged all are very good. Also enjoyed Into the Wild. I read about 150 books a year, usually 3 at at time,~ 80% are non-fiction.

Poser's avatar

Anthem, by Ayn Rand.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
1984 by George Orwell (goes along nicely with Beloved if you’re interested in the use and evolution of language)

sarahsugs's avatar

The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje
Under the Banner of Heaven, by John Krakauer (sp?)
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
Giovanni’s Room, by James Baldwin
The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
Animal Dreams, by Barbara Kingsolver
Beloved, by Toni Morrison

gailcalled's avatar

ULYSSES; James Joyce
MOBY DICK; Herman Melville
CORELLI’S MANDOLIN; Louis de Bernieres
GODEL, ESCHER, BACH; Douglas Hofstadter
A FINE BALANCE; Rohinton Mistry

christybird's avatar

I loved “The Dispossessed” by Ursula LeGuin.

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cuteasabutton's avatar

the dinosaur heresies
robert bakker!

xacrox's avatar

Free the animals, animal liberation, monkey wrench gang, Ishmael, the story of b, my Ishmael. There are so many. Anyone have more?

ItsAHabit's avatar

“Freakonomics” and “Freakonomics Two” are both thought-provoking books. And they’re both fun to read.

talljasperman's avatar

The dark elf trilogy. R.A. Salvatore.

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