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Bill Altreuter

There are too many to mention, but I'll throw two out there: One Hundred Years of Solitude and Nostromo. I came to the first as a callow undergrad, and the second about ten years ago.

Ken Muldrew

Huck Finn when I was a kid and Probability Theory: The Logic of Science about 15 years ago (when it was still an incomplete preprint available on the web). That last is no joke, that book really did change me more than any other book that I've ever read.




"War and Peace" probably came the closest, but it's happened more often with movies -- particularly "Idiocracy" and (just last night) Tati's "Traffic."

Six hours in the theatre in nothing, by the way. "Nicholas Nickleby," Peter Brook's "Mahabharata," and three Shakespeare's by Theatre du Soleil just flew by.


By "books," I'm going to presume you mean novels, and by "life changing," I'm going to presume you mean altered my outlook on the world, because I can think of any number of factual books that have done that.

But novels...

The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair (since I rarely hear anyone talk about that book anymore)

Fahrenheit 451

I, Claudius


As I Lay Dying. Everyone always starts Faulkner with The Sound and the Fury, which is a big mistake. As I lay Dying is infinitely more accessible and opened up new worlds of words and their uses to me.

Cleveland Bob

Animal Farm, and probably even more so, Slaughterhouse Five were very influential and instructive to me.

Bob C.

Alcoholics Anonymous affectionately known as The Big Book. 'Nuff said.

calling all toasters

Can't top Bob C., but for me it was "The Power Broker" by Robert Caro. I know, not a novel, but it really reads like one in the fullness of the story and how well we get to know the Shakespearean personality at its center.


Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun"

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