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    Can anyone recommend a truly inspiring novel?

    Hi,

    OK, so what's sauce for the goose is another man's gander, so what inspires
    some people will leave others flat. A friend once lent me the DVD of "The
    Passion of the Christ" describing it as "life changing". I just thought
    "Crikey, I've never seen so much violence in one film" and I was glad when
    it finished. I was unchanged.

    So, I just thought I'd point out that I realise I'm expecting the impossible
    if I expect someone to recommend a book that will definitely help me change.

    I need to change. I'm supposed to be self-employed. However, I spend most of my time day-dreaming, watching porn and generally procrastinating.

    I was moved by Macbeth when I saw a production of it. I swear after seeing
    that play I will never kill a king for my own promotion.

    I saw a TV dramatisation of "A Christmas Carol" at Christmas. I was moved by that as well. I enjoyed Christmas when I'm normally "Bah, humbug".

    I've read a few self-improvement books. At first they had an effect -
    temporarily. Occasionally, when desperate, I surf the net for
    self-improvement sites. I only find the websites of American con artists.

    So I'll give literature a go and I ask the question - can anyone recommend a
    novel that will inspire me to stop wasting my life and get on and work and
    make the best of myself?

    TIA

    Lost Johnny

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    Re: Can anyone recommend a truly inspiring novel?

    The 9th Configuration by Peter Blatty. Thought-provoking...
    and maybe even life-changing. (Does hope exist in a world that is constantly trying to destroy itself?)

    "This is a well written and tightly crafted novel. The dialogue, while often full of angst, is witty and clever. The premise of the book is certainly unusual. A secret facility houses militairy officers, all brave men, who have, for reasons unknown, become mentally disturbed. Housed without hope, a militairy psychiatrist enters their lives in a most unexpected way. Yet, it appears that he has his own issues with which to contend, issues that lie at the heart of his seeming understanding of their problems. Things are not always what they seem. Be prepare for a shocking surprise. This book is definitely a thriller in every sense of the word." Read more reviews here.

    Psst. The film is excellent too.

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    Re: Can anyone recommend a truly inspiring novel?

    What about? The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. This book offers a great description of the Truth of this Universe. It discusses the energy that connects us all, the synchronicity that is vitally important on our journey towards success, and principles that are applicable in every aspect of our lives. Read more reviews here.

    All the best.


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    Re: Can anyone recommend a truly inspiring novel?

    Thanks for those recommendations, Casiopea. They both look very interesting, particularly The Celestine Prophecy. Maybe I'll invest in one or both of these.

    I haven't read any classic English literature since I was at school. I tend to read non-fiction (for knowledge) and light humourous novels (to help myself sleep at night). But are there any English classics that anyone can recommend, seeing as it was Shakespeare and Dickens who wrote the past couple of plays that had an effect on me?

    Lost Johnny

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    Re: Can anyone recommend a truly inspiring novel?

    Hi, Johnny,
    (Don't mind my saying this, but it's just for you have written that detailed introduction. Might it be that you just have too much of you all for yourself? A tiny bit more than you need. Self-sacrifice (call it) might be helpful, like getting a day job of say a school teacher (kidding) or marring a girl with a kid (punning now). Give yourself two weeks for writing a book or joining theatre classes or anything what you might desire if you hadn't all these time and freedom you have now, but obligations, - and if you failed to get inspired, you would really have nothing to regret about, having scarified them. On the contrary even, I dare say. A new life)
    Now I remember I always wanted to read Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Stoppard.
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    Re: Can anyone recommend a truly inspiring novel?

    Quote Originally Posted by trans View Post
    Hi, Johnny,
    (Don't mind my saying this, but it's just for you have written that detailed introduction. Might it be that you just have too much of you all for yourself? A tiny bit more than you need. Self-sacrifice (call it) might be helpful, like getting a day job of say a school teacher (kidding) or marring a girl with a kid (punning now). Give yourself two weeks for writing a book or joining theatre classes or anything what you might desire if you hadn't all these time and freedom you have now, but obligations, - and if you failed to get inspired, you would really have nothing to regret about, having scarified them. On the contrary even, I dare say. A new life)
    Now I remember I always wanted to read Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Stoppard.
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    Thanks, trans.

    I think you're absolutely right and doing something for others would do me good. I'll take your suggestion seriously and think about what I can do.

    That's all I'll say here as this is getting way off-topic.

    Lost Johnny
    Last edited by LostJohnny; 06-Feb-2007 at 13:56. Reason: corrected grammar

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    Re: Can anyone recommend a truly inspiring novel?

    this is getting way off-topic
    Oh, I see. Hasn't it been a bit off-topic from the very beginning? How do you imagine an inspiring novel would help a persona in his forties? Is it just luck of inspiration or serious socialising problems that he suffers? I would ask at least for a book that helps find/understand/decide my place in this life/world, sort of teaches wisdom, not like you say inspires. A proper age for becoming wiser and getting along without inspiration.
    As for truly inspiring novels, I know one, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Buch (just don't know whether it works with foggies (was meant "old fogies"...) or might be of any use for them). Or Martin Eden (Thanks to Humble ) by London.
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    Hmmmm . . . we might discuss the semiotics that underlie the word 'inspiring,' but I am happy to name a number of novels that are not only favourites of mine -- I am an unabashed literature junkie grammar tutor linguistics student with a background in literary theory -- but might not cause a student to jump headfirst into the well in frustration:

    ANYTHING by Steinbeck.

    George Johnston's 'My Brother Jack'

    Joseph Conrad's 'Youth'


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    Re: Can anyone recommend a truly inspiring novel?

    When I was a kid, I read Jack London'e stories of riding the freight trains during the depression; and for years I harboured a desire to do the same thing here in Australia. Finally, I managed it on a wood-chip train near Manjimpu in W.A. I tried a second time about a year later, but the train stopped about ten kilometres later, and my girlfriend and I were ARRESTED. There was a lot of politics happening about wood chips at the time, and the arresting officer thought he'd caught a couple of eco-terrorists. We were bunged into a paddy wagon, and the small-town officer, a nice enough guy at heart, we worked out later, began asking us a series of questions supposed to lure us into blurting out our commitment to stopping the evil blah blah blah. I asked him if he had ever read Jack London, and explained that, far from being bent on blowing up the train, we wanted to ride about on it.

    You should have seen the look on his face.

    (We eventually gat a twenty-five dollar fine for . . . riding without a ticket!

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    Re: Can anyone recommend a truly inspiring novel?

    Quote Originally Posted by mark in perth View Post
    Joseph Conrad's 'Youth'

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