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PostSubject: What's the most thought-provoking book you've ever read?   Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:14 am

Mine would be The Graves Are Not Yet Full by Bill Berkeley. It's one of the few nonfiction books that I've read lately. I go on about this book a lot, but that's because it really is eye-opening. Any books that opened your eyes?
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PostSubject: Re: What's the most thought-provoking book you've ever read?   Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:09 am

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Mine would be The Graves Are Not Yet Full by Bill Berkeley. It's one of the few nonfiction books that I've read lately. I go on about this book a lot, but that's because it really is eye-opening. Any books that opened your eyes?

Thought provoking books:
The Giver by Louis Lowry
The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Anthem by Ayn Rand
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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PostSubject: Re: What's the most thought-provoking book you've ever read?   Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:42 am

I think most of you know what I'm going to say already: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. It takes place in 1800s France, and it made me think about cruelty, injustice, right and wrong...the usual stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: What's the most thought-provoking book you've ever read?   Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:57 am

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (which I read when I was 13) made me think about injustice, revenge, and perseverance. The list was probably longer but it has been many years since I read it.

They Cage the Animals at Night broke my heart. That book got thrown across the room a few times it made me so mad. It made me think about cruelty, abuse, and hope.

I am David by Anne Holm made me think about freedom, fear, hope and determination.
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PostSubject: Re: What's the most thought-provoking book you've ever read?   Sun Dec 07, 2008 2:30 pm

1984 because it contains a lot of horrifying possibilities.
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PostSubject: Re: What's the most thought-provoking book you've ever read?   Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:19 pm

Definitely Kazuo Ishiguro, "Never let me go". I won't spoil it, though. Just let me say this much: It took me 200 pages to figure out what was going on, and all that time, I couldn't put it down. It affected me for weeks afterwards. Simply fantastic!

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PostSubject: Re: What's the most thought-provoking book you've ever read?   Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:41 pm

A few years back I read "A History of God" by Karen Armstrong, which detailed the rise of the world's three major monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and how, like three contentious siblings, they just can't seem to get along. Armstrong's writing is straightforward and interesting, and even though she is a former nun, she shows no bias for any one faith. She has written several other books along the same lines.
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PostSubject: Re: What's the most thought-provoking book you've ever read?   Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:37 pm

I think I've heard the name Karen Armstrong before. Would you recommend it? I have discovered my preference for non-fiction lately, and might have a peek into it.

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PostSubject: Re: What's the most thought-provoking book you've ever read?   Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:43 pm

Yes, I would recommend it. She has written several very good non-fiction books, including the history of Jerusalem and the Crusades.
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PostSubject: Re: What's the most thought-provoking book you've ever read?   Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:39 pm

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Yes, I would recommend it. She has written several very good non-fiction books, including the history of Jerusalem and the Crusades.

I'll put them on my wishlist, then. study

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PostSubject: Re: What's the most thought-provoking book you've ever read?   Sat Mar 21, 2009 10:00 am

To start with most of the books are thought-provoking, but here are those that made me examine more some issues:

1. 1984 (terrifying possibilities of what our society could come to)
2. Animal farm (how to built a dictatorship and how will it end)
3. Lord of the flies (man outside of civilization turns to an animal?) - Wuthering Heights also send me
wondering about it.
4. Grapes of wrath (political exploitation, survival of humanity)
5. Crime and punishment (is it easy to overcome conscience?)
6. The house of mirth (the scapegoats and hypocrisy of society)
7. Villette (dealing with loneliness and alienation when everything goes wrong)
8. Jane Eyre (dilemmas: love vs independence, passion vs reason, passion vs morality, personal
needs vs societal demands)

There are probably much more books, but I can not recall them right now.
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PostSubject: Re: What's the most thought-provoking book you've ever read?   Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:14 pm

Upon reflection, a certain book, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, really got me to look at my own life. It's about an Indian couple that moves to the USA with their newborn son. While the son is growing up in an American community, he experiences a lot of cultural tensions, between the American world that he prefers and the Indian world that he attempts to leave behind, but can't because of his parents.

It really does pertain to my life, because many of the issues the boy faces, I do too. It comforts me that I'm not the average ABCD (American-Born Confused Desi*). Most ABCDs are really Westernized, or more specifically--Americanized, and really shun anything Indian. Though I generally follow the American culture more, I don't shun the Indian culture. In fact, I can sense it coming back in me.

*Yes, I'm not American-Born, technically. But I moved here at 3-months, so I'm pretty dang close. Desi is another term for someone from India.

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Anyways, I just digressed. Sorry! Razz
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