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What was the book which changed your life, left you, in the words of James Ellroy, "reamed, steamed and drycleaned, tie-dyed, swept to the side, true-blued, tattooed and bah fongooed"? Which novel, poetry collection, "How To..." guide or manifestio, political treatise or philosophical tome, rewired your head and slapped your face with a live salmon? And why?

For me it was The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, in my opinion the greatest novel ever written about mental illness, perhaps because it came from the front line: Plath, whose death was described by her husband Ted Hughes as "complicated and inevitable," killed herself just one month after the book was published, and had attempted suicide before.
But her individual tragedy, whilst informing and inspiring it, isn't what makes this story so great. Blending a musical lyricism with gritty confessional fare, she creates a dense, detailed canvas, a sprawling landscape of personal hell, though tinged, ironically, with a slither of hope.
the first book to do that was "the third eye" by Tuesday lobsang rampa. (later to realized for the person he was, i can't recall his name and i refuse to look it up, i do know he turned out to be an Englishman who couldn't talk the Tibetan language nor had he ever been to Tibet) i enjoyed it immensely though. (i was about ten when i read it first)

the second was Hermann Hesse's "the glass bead game. about set in an almost utopian state of another world or time. it's about the beauty of maths and the universe and how everything is connected to everything else. not as heavy as many critics would have us believe. the book follows a student from childhood to adulthood in which he attains the highest position possible amongst his peers.
from it i realized that everything has connections and and nothing is ever truly alone, not even a rock.

A "Testimony For Earth": A Worldview to Save the Planet and Ourselves by Bob Harrington is the one that did it for me.
It is a set of guides for everyone who wants to make changes to restore and protect this planet and ourselves.
The book itself was inspired by "A Manifesto for Earth" which is on my to read list.
So many things that Bob Harrington speaks of spoke loudly to me in my time of my own changing thoughts.

@billy ... The Glass Bead Game" sounds very interesting.
yes,def.magisterLudi is one of m y favorites
(11-16-2010, 10:46 AM)kath3 Wrote: [ -> ]A "Testimony For Earth": A Worldview to Save the Planet and Ourselves by Bob Harrington is the one that did it for me.
It is a set of guides for everyone who wants to make changes to restore and protect this planet and ourselves.
The book itself was inspired by "A Manifesto for Earth" which is on my to read list.
So many things that Bob Harrington speaks of spoke loudly to me in my time of my own changing thoughts.

@billy ... The Glass Bead Game" sounds very interesting.
well worth a read kath. when it was written, it was the book people had on the shelf to look intellectual but few actually read it.
snow crash by neal stephenson