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April 30, 2015 4:11 pm  #41


Re: Once in a lifetime books: What are your most life changing reads?

Other's that have touched me deeply or influenced my philosophy of life.

The Prince of Tides - Pat Conroy
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card  (This is the sequel to Ender's Game and I guess you should read that one first.  But they are both wonderful.  The book is much deeper than the movie)
The Road Less Traveled - M. Scott Peck  (non-fiction)
Imajica - Clive Barker
The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell

I would reccomend any and all of these to anyone interested in something that will stir your heart and mind.

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April 30, 2015 4:12 pm  #42


Re: Once in a lifetime books: What are your most life changing reads?

Ah-chie wrote:

I cry every time I read it and even though I know how it ends I still get overly emotional about it (one time I even threw the book across the room!!).

Great book - and I really love almost all his books (John Irving).

-Val

 
Yes, John Irving is a favorite of mine too.  Love his quirky sensabilities.


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May 1, 2015 4:45 pm  #43


Re: Once in a lifetime books: What are your most life changing reads?

Thanks to the quirkinesss of Irving's writing I actually liked Robin Williams' performance in The World According to Garp. 

But his books are usually something very special.  My hubby has read even more Irving books than I have.  But Owen Meany is still the most favourite of us both.

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May 1, 2015 5:00 pm  #44


Re: Once in a lifetime books: What are your most life changing reads?

I've never read an Irving book that I didn't like, but Owen is my favorite also.  With Garp a close second.  I'm also very fond of Hotel New Hampshire, but I didn't like that movie at all.


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May 1, 2015 5:45 pm  #45


Re: Once in a lifetime books: What are your most life changing reads?

Cider House Rules ranks almost right up there with Meany for me (and I really loved the movie - Michael Caine rules!!!).

I enjoyed Garp and Hotel NH as well.  Dan really liked A Widow for One Year and A Son of the Circus as well.

I never saw Hotel NH the movie  and only part of Simon Birch (yuck!  I said this before - still waiting for a decent adaptation of Meany... Birch doesn't count).

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