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Old 08-13-2017, 03:47 PM
 
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So, I compiled a list of 10 books that have had a huge impact on people's lives. Just from asking around, searching forums...etc. I just finished the fifth one, here are my thoughts. Any thoughts on your end?

Wild: Amazing read, a new favorite
The Death of Ivan Ilyich: Great writing, good book, not great. But gives a real dose of what it felt like for him to die
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: I couldn't wait for it to end, didn't care for it in the least bit
The Alchemist: Good parable, good lessons, not really my cup of tea, but I see why people would like it
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: Amazing how the author wrote this book. The actual book is ok, but how it was done, meaning the circumstances....truly amazing.
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:28 PM
 
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So, I compiled a list of 10 books that have had a huge impact on people's lives. Just from asking around, searching forums...etc. I just finished the fifth one, here are my thoughts. Any thoughts on your end?

Wild: Amazing read, a new favorite
The Death of Ivan Ilyich: Great writing, good book, not great. But gives a real dose of what it felt like for him to die
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: I couldn't wait for it to end, didn't care for it in the least bit
The Alchemist: Good parable, good lessons, not really my cup of tea, but I see why people would like it
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: Amazing how the author wrote this book. The actual book is ok, but how it was done, meaning the circumstances....truly amazing.
Wild, by Cheryl Strayed?
Good book, but not my favorite adventure book.
That award would go to Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:58 PM
 
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So, I compiled a list of 10 books that have had a huge impact on people's lives. Just from asking around, searching forums...etc. I just finished the fifth one, here are my thoughts. Any thoughts on your end?

Wild: Amazing read, a new favorite
The Death of Ivan Ilyich: Great writing, good book, not great. But gives a real dose of what it felt like for him to die
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: I couldn't wait for it to end, didn't care for it in the least bit
The Alchemist: Good parable, good lessons, not really my cup of tea, but I see why people would like it
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: Amazing how the author wrote this book. The actual book is ok, but how it was done, meaning the circumstances....truly amazing.
I read Wild when it first came out. It was a good enough read but it wasn't a book I would cherish.

I either haven't read the second book on your list or if I did, I've forgotten it.

I loved Zen and the Art when I read it years ago but I'm not sure if it would stand the test of time now.

The Alchemist did nothing for me from what I remember of it.

As for the last book, I'm not really a fan of the memoir genre unless there is some historical angle.
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Old 08-14-2017, 11:55 AM
 
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Wild, by Cheryl Strayed?
Good book, but not my favorite adventure book.
That award would go to Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.
Thank you, I will order that book right away!
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:59 PM
 
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Into Thin Air is excellent . . .in fact, I haven't read anything by Jon Krakauer that wasn't excellent. Great writer. Enjoy!
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Old 08-16-2017, 08:39 AM
 
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Wild was a book club pick for me a few years ago. it was probably the only book ever that I didn't finish. I didn't hate it, but just wasn't intrigued enough to finish it. I found the author a bit annoying, really. I don't understand it being categorized as one of the greatest books ever. I thought it was okay.

I second Into Thin Air -- now *that* might be one of the best books ever.

Not as life or death, but another really great narrative nonfiction that reminded me a bit of Krakauer's adventure books was called Shadow Divers. It's about divers who find a sunken Nazi submarine off the NJ coast.
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Old 08-16-2017, 05:02 PM
 
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Wild was a book club pick for me a few years ago. it was probably the only book ever that I didn't finish. I didn't hate it, but just wasn't intrigued enough to finish it. I found the author a bit annoying, really. I don't understand it being categorized as one of the greatest books ever. I thought it was okay.

I second Into Thin Air -- now *that* might be one of the best books ever.

Not as life or death, but another really great narrative nonfiction that reminded me a bit of Krakauer's adventure books was called Shadow Divers. It's about divers who find a sunken Nazi submarine off the NJ coast.
I agree about Wild. I liked it but didn't love it.

Thanks...I really need to read Into Thin Air I read his Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
and thought it was excellent.
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Old 08-16-2017, 05:06 PM
 
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I love love loved Wild. Changed my life, literally. You realize . . . if she can put that 75 pound pack on her back and climb mountains and get from California to Washington State, well, I can certainly complete this wonderful 10 mile hike!

Another wonderful book was Into The Wild, by Jon Krakauer. It ends sadly, and you know that from the very beginning, but man it makes me want to get a cheap little car and go on an adventure. See where the wind blows you.
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Old 08-19-2017, 08:16 AM
 
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Another wonderful book was Into The Wild, by Jon Krakauer. It ends sadly, and you know that from the very beginning, but man it makes me want to get a cheap little car and go on an adventure. See where the wind blows you.
I also really enjoyed Into the Wild. I always like reading about people who are so supremely confident in their own competence. I read this years ago, and found it particularly intriguing because Chris Mccandless was almost exactly my age (I think he was a year older), grew up in the same metro area I did, in a very similar community, and went to a college that was very similar to the college I attended. Yet he was completely different from me, and I knew that I never would have been able to give up every bit of money I had and drive off, dependent on my own wits and the kindness of strangers.

As I mentioned above, Shadow Divers was also about a guy (and several people) who also had that same confidence in their own abilities. I think you'd really like it if you feel that way about Into the Wild. (It's not quite the same, but it gave me a similar feeling.)
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Old 09-10-2017, 01:15 PM
 
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Wild, by Cheryl Strayed?
Good book, but not my favorite adventure book.
That award would go to Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.
Into Thin Air is in the survival sub-genre of the adventure genre. Wild is a personal memoir of self-discovery. They don't belong to the same genre of book at all.
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