What are some really interesting books that change your views on life?

I’ve never really been a big reader but I want to start. I’d like books that are quite philosophical and have a big impact also theory’s and views on life etc. Quite dark stuff is more than welcome 🙂 Just please make sure it’s interesting. Many thanks, peace and love

Milan Kundera,- The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, and The Joke. The type of author where you can read fifteen minutes in the morning and you find yourself thinking about it all day.

Ken Kesey- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This book is not the movie. The rest of his work is not this book.

John Steinbeck- East of Eden in particular, but Steinbeck often will introduce some deep thoughts even in something simple like a story of winos.

Philip Roth-A serious contender for greatest living author. His earlier work will resonate especially strong with first generation Americans, his later work with anyone. Not really a young man’s author. The Human Stain springs to mind as one of my favorites.

Kurt Vonnegut- He can be silly,but deep. Cat’s Cradle, His short fiction, dozens of good short novels.

Neal Stephensen. Anathama,his Baroque cycle, nearly anything he has written. On the surface it might seem just sci-fi, but the guy is no slouch with deep thoughts about how things connect and influence the world.

William Gibson- Once a sci-fi guy, his last three books have been in the present. Pattern Recognition and Spook Country have some of the best commentary on the modern world I’ve read.

Jack Kerouac. On the Road You said life changing and this book read at 18 has caused more kids to leave home for adventure, than any in history. Beautiful prose, titillating wild people, and an occasional deep thought.

Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
I admit, I’ve never had a lot of thought about war, one way or the other. It’s not something that’s ever affected my life, so why should I? After reading this book, it put things in a whole new perspective. It’s not a happy book. It’s fairly disturbing. But it’s also unforgettable.

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
It’s a Pulitzer winner. It’s not terribly philosophic, not difficult to get into or understand. But it made me think about all those little decision we make every single day and how could they possibly have an effect on the future.

For a dystopian read that’s mildly disturbing and thought provoking, try The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood or Blindness by Jose Saramago.

Nihilism For Dummies

The book that has really made an impact on me is ‘On The Road’ by Jack Kerouac.

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? — it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-by. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”

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