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Heroes Community > Tavern of the Rising Sun > Thread: How did a book changed your opinion about life?
Thread: How did a book changed your opinion about life?
Shai-Hulud
Shai-Hulud


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Sicomor
posted May 25, 2004 02:29 PM

How did a book changed your opinion about life?

I have a simple question.How did a book changed your opinion about life? I van say that i read a few books (about 300) and some of them really changed my point of view. I remember i read one time Mircea Eliade( if you ever heard of him - his a romanian writer)- The blind's ( i don't know the word for somebody who has problems with seeing at distance) teenager diary. I think it was the best book. It made me feel melancholic for two months and think it really changed my opinion about people, life and love( its sound like a soap opera, but...) From that day I really started the hate people who have an unnatural attraction for ignorance related to life. I hate everybody who doesn't tries to change something in this world, to create something. It's kind of crazy...

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doomnezeu
doomnezeu


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Miaumiaumiau
posted May 25, 2004 03:12 PM

i cannot say that there is a book that changed my life, but certainly it has thought me well and changed my perception about many things. Those books are, as follows:
Friederick Nietzsche - Also Sprache Zarathustra
Adolf Hitler - Mein Kampf
Karl Marx - The Capital (dunno it's a good translation)
Frank Herbert - Dune (all the series)
Herman Hesse - Demian
Herman Hesse - Das Glasperlenspiel
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Svarog
Svarog


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statue-loving necrophiliac
posted May 26, 2004 03:04 AM

doom, Germans themselves haven't read all of those authors. They should award you or something. lol. You can speak German, i presume.
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Consis
Consis


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Of Ruby
posted May 26, 2004 05:43 PM

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

(copied from www.gradesaver.com)
John Steinbeck wrote The Pearl during the time in which he was at the height of his fame. He had completed The Grapes of Wrath, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was renowned and reviled as a subversive, unpatriotic man who threatened the national interest through the socialist themes of his novels. This view of Steinbeck was inconsistent with his soft-spoken nature, but by 1944, when Steinbeck began to write The Pearl, Steinbeck had come to reconcile this aspect of his fame.

Steinbeck wrote The Pearl based on his personal convictions, and based the story on the biblical parable of a Œpearl of great price.' In this story, a jewel for which the merchant trades everything he owns becomes the metaphor for Heaven. Everything in the merchant's earthly existence, however, becomes worthless when compared to the joys of living with God in Heaven. However, Steinbeck uses the parable as a meditation on the American dream of success. Steinbeck, who himself had risen quickly to prosperity, explores how Kino, the protagonist of The Pearl, deals with his newfound prominence in the community and riches.

Steinbeck found a second inspiration for The Pearl in the tale of a young Mexican boy told in Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez. However, the boy in the original form of the story wished to use the pearl to buy clothing, alcohol and sex. The story contains several similar plot points, including the rapacious dealers and the attacks on the boy to find the pearl, that would recur in the story's final form.

The Pearl derives much of its force from the descriptions of the impoverished lifestyle of the Mexicans of La Paz, the location of the story. The plight of the impoverished is a consistent theme in Steinbeck's work, including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. Although these novels dealt with white protagonists, Steinbeck turned to the plight of Mexicans for The Pearl based on the 1942 and 1943 Zoot Suit Race Riots in Los Angeles.

By the time that Steinbeck wrote The Pearl, he had gained an interest in writing screenplays, and thus wrote the novel in a form suitable for easy adaptation to film. The story has a simple plot structure and an economy of characters, but unlike The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, and East of Eden, Steinbeck did not adapt The Pearl. Instead, Steinbeck focused on screenplays written originally for the screen for his subsequent works.

(copied from www.gradesaver.com)

The Pearl inspired me to be a writer. After reading this award-winning piece of literature I realized that a person does not need to be some kind of Oxford or Harvard graduate to write a good book. I also learned that a writer doesn't need to dazzle his/her reader with a wide selection of exotic words that few have ever heard of before. The book is as simply written as it is masterful. Both attributes, to me, are the kind of book I hope to write in my lifetime. I think it to be more important that a writer's reader be able to understand what the writer is saying rather than to give them a painstaking tutorial on the english language. Simplicity of word usage and practical sentence structure on a scale no less than that of ancient roman architecture. Tis my goal and my dream.
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ratmonky
ratmonky


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Abu Hur Ibn Rashka
posted May 26, 2004 05:59 PM

Yeah, Pearl is really a great novel. It's philosophy is very fascinating. I really enjoyed it.

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frostwolf
frostwolf


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livin' in a bottle of vodka
posted May 26, 2004 09:36 PM

Eliade's "Romanul adolescentului miop' was good, but it wasn't that great.

For a truly exceptional piece of literature I reccomend Frankenstein.
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Shai-Hulud
Shai-Hulud


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Sicomor
posted May 27, 2004 02:23 PM

  I hadn't read The Perl yet. About Dune?! I believe trough it Frank Herbert put the basis of a philoshopical system.
  I believe that Mircea Eliade is one of the best writers simply beacuse his novells even if they use simple words( excepting those related those the hinduistic experiences) are full of mystical signs and diffent myths gather in his books.
 Consis!You are a writer?! Suprising. Even if I read your poems from the thread Poetry, Poetry, Poetry... my thoughts never took me to the ideea that you are a writer. I believe that writing poetry is the most used method of expresing in art, novells are kind of hard( trough all the processes that you have to go - choosing from the way of exposing your charachters to using different ways of writing the action of the novell - can use a Balzac, Proust, Stendhal, Doestoievski etc. model) and the hardest way expressing art trough writing is drama. If you drama doesn't gett the attention of the public when on stage( and that is very hard) you are doomed. Glad to hear that may of the members of heroescommunity have an attraction for writing and reading( not only magizines and newspapers articles). If you are willing, post thread with a fragment from one of your novells.

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mvassilev
mvassilev


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Undefeatable Hero
posted July 14, 2004 03:49 PM

No book changed my life, or ever will. I read for entertainment.
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Ruby
Ruby


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crazed swede
posted July 15, 2004 05:03 AM

All the Lord of the Rings books taught me one thing.

That our world is hell compared to Middle Earth
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isabelyes
isabelyes


Fierce Battlegriffin
posted January 22, 2008 07:20 PM

His Dark materials made me grown up...
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phoenixreborn
phoenixreborn


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Unicorn
posted January 22, 2008 09:09 PM

Quote:
No book changed my life, or ever will. I read for entertainment.


Same for watching movies?

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OD
OD


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or Grizzly Bear?
posted January 22, 2008 09:18 PM

After having to read Jane Eyre in highschool, I've been leery of anything called a "classic."
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Daystar
Daystar


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Back from the Dead
posted January 22, 2008 09:55 PM

Fire Bringer, The Sight, and Fell all taught me a lot about life, writing, and the nature of Lera

(Lera = Animals)
Message of Book 2: (Man = Lera = Animal)

This is an incredible string of books (Not quite a trilogy, but not quite not a trilogy either.)
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