Hi everyone, the novel is an inseparable part of every literature around the world. It constitutes the collective memory of nations, and a history reservoir. So, please mention one novel only, a novel that touched you or changed you or just impressed you in some way or another.
I will begin here with a nice novel that I liked so much. It is: Jude The Obscure by Thomas Hardy. I like it because it is a highly controversial novel which shocked the society at that time. Hardy shocked the world when he wrote it because he tackled the prevailing, and sometimes forbidden, issues of his time like politics, marriage, religion and other secular issues. Unfortunately for Hardy, his novel was burnt publicly due to the severe language and content.
Wow there are so many - one of the best I have read is 'Grapes of Wrath' - it's because of the stark reality it portrays and how human's manage to struggle through adversity - it's well written and easy to read. I think it inspires me to look at my own life and realize how lucky I really am - there are millions of people in far worse situations...
The book that inspired me was Johnny Shiloh by James Rhodes and Dean Jauchius.
The story is a fictionalized novel about real events. It follows young Johnny Clems, a 9 year old Drummer boy through the Civil War. He became known as Johnny Shiloh from his heroic stand at the Battle of Shiloh in 1862.
I was 13 when my mom handed it to me, and it changed my life. Started me down the path of studying history.
I don't read much, but I try to get a good novel in once a year or so. The last few that really captivated me was Ted Dekker's "The Circle Trilogy" (Black, Red, White). I would recommend these three to absolutely anyone!
I was 13 when I read Uncle Tom's Cabin by author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe. This was in the 1960's when there was so much going on with Black Civil Rights and this book gave my young mind much to think about on slavery and how it was affecting the modern Black people of that time and place. I only knew a couple of Black kids from school. My father was very racist so I have to say I did not understand or desire to get to know any of those kids until I read that book and it humanized them and allowed me to open up. I was one of the first girls to date a Black boy and boy did I ever pay the price. Friends gossiped and dropped me, my family freaked out. It was scarry for such a young kid but I kept to my guns and defied them all. If I had never read that book I am not sure I would have gone that far.
I have learned that Harriet Beecher Stowe created a furor over this book and she must have suffered personally from doing so. She was brave and stood firm by her values. I have to believe that she would be proud of me for the same thing. I had even been called N*gg*r Lover to my face and constantly behind my back. It was very hard. But as time went by interracial dating and marriage became commonplace. Looking back I realize I was somewhat of a pioneer.
When I was a young boy, there was no internet. We use to read a lot. One of the books that the most influenced my young sensibility was The Citadel by Cronin. But there are some others but this one I wanted to mention.
Have you ever read "Bell Jar" by Slyvia Plath? It is really dark but seems to capture such disillusionment with devastating honesty. Her suicidal impulses and depression really touched me and I would recommend it!
Hey you are deff not a sad person, I loves ya loads and you are a really fun person. Jeeez look around these forums and see you stand out from most of the other boring a-holes. I loves a Thursday night, BadCo stay off the forums, like get real
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Oooh, I didn't know there would be Jolly Ranchers! *jumps up and down* Thanks MM! The most recent novel I read that was powerful and deeply touching to me was Octavia Butler's Kindred. It's about a young (black) woman who keeps getting transported from her home in the 1970's back to the antebellum South. It's heavy, graphic, heart wrenching, and (sometimes frustratingly) real in its portrayal of slavery and how something like it can be accepted and even embraced by both its perpetrators and its sufferers. It easily could have been too fantastic, too cliched, and too 'good guy, bad guy' perfect, but it was complicated, multi-faceted, and gave no easy dismissals or answers for the reader. Definitely recommended. It is very fast-paced and an easy read.
Really good question and my answer changes all the time. Right now I'm obsessed with Douglas Coupland who wrote Microserfs, Hey Nostradamus!, Life After God and a whole lot more. I appreciate how he really writes for our time. Most of his books focus on finding spirituality in a world consumed by consumerism.
I also recently read Looking for Alaska by John Green, and it really made me rethink the importance of fiction for teens.
Your original question was which novel or story. For me, it's been the short story "The Gift of the Magi" since I was a very little girl. It's all about selflessness and love -- two things that I hold very near and dear to my heart.
I loved that story and used it once in my ESL classes thinking that it would be a good way for my students to practice their vocabulary and to read between the lines a bit. Unbelievably to me, they didn't like the story and viewed the characters as idiots. I was appalled. Because I too, saw the story as a testament to love in all circumstances and selflessness on a level that is rare to find.
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