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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by Nihilist: 9:49am On Jul 11, 2015
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace
Alexander Pushkin - The Captain's Daughter.
Marx/Engels - The Communist Manifesto.

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by Dhellake: 9:56am On Jul 11, 2015
Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life - Brian Tracy.

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by letsbet(m): 11:02am On Jul 11, 2015
Nihilist:
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace
Alexander Pushkin - The Captain's Daughter.
Marx/Engels - The Communist Manifesto.

According to wikipedia Tolstoy's peace and war is epic and regarded as one of the most important works of world literature. I also heard its one of the longest written novels.
How long did it take you to read it??
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by Nihilist: 11:15am On Jul 11, 2015
letsbet:


According to wikipedia Tolstoy's peace and war is epic and regarded as one of the most important works of world literature. I also heard its one of the longest written novels.
How long did it take you to read it??

I read it as a youth.
It's honestly not even that long sef.
My Dad's copy comprised of 3 volumes, each roughly around the same size as a bible.
The Harry Potter Volumes for instance, are much larger in scope and size, especially the arc from the Goblet of Fire to Deathly Hallows.
Another lengthy contemporary Novel/Saga I can think of is Stephen King's 'the Stand'.

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by letsbet(m): 11:32am On Jul 11, 2015
Nihilist:


I read it as a youth.
It's honestly not even that long sef.
My Dad's copy comprised of 3 volumes, each roughly around the same size as a bible.
The Harry Potter Volumes for instance, are much larger in scope and size, especially the arc from the Goblet of Fire to Deathly Hallows.
Another lengthy contemporary Novel/Saga I can think of is Stephen King's 'the Stand'.
Honestly, those volumous novels are very interesting to read. you just get lost in them & dont want dem to end e.g LONDON the novel. its biger than ur bigest Oxford dictionary but very interesting. u seem like a vast reader to me?
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by Nihilist: 11:34am On Jul 11, 2015
letsbet:
Honestly, those volumous novels are very interesting to read. you just get lost in them & dont want dem to end e.g LONDON the novel. its biger than ur bigest Oxford dictionary but very interesting. u seem like a vast reader to me?

I've read a few books,yes.
These days not so much, as I'm often very busy.

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by herald9: 11:42am On Jul 11, 2015
The first book that really impacted me was Purple Hibiscus by Chimanda Adichie. I admired the character of Amaka. She was culturally-bound, she knew the importance and appreciated her inherited cultures and traditions to a point of refusing to take on a Christian name in order to get baptized, therefore, she ended up not being baptized along with others. She questions everything western much to the detriment of her mum. That was a character!

The next novel was Half of the Yellow Sun by the same author. That book left me moody for days.

Then A man from Mars. Uhm, I'm that bad at cramming author's names, I just go straight to the business.

The Mine boy by Abraham Peters or Peter Abrahams.

The other is Harry Potter, Animal farm, etc.

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by 4rmGuest2Member(m): 12:03pm On Jul 11, 2015
Sincerely it's tough to select a particular book, because many have impacted on me in my spirituality, relationships, etc, but right now I'll go for: GOALS by Brian Tracy.

Why? Since I completed that book, I've been conscious about setting both short and long term goals on courses to take, books to read within set times and I've been successful in accomplishing some and I'm looking forward to accomplishing more. smiley

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by letsbet(m): 12:20pm On Jul 11, 2015
@ 4rmGuest2member:
I have the same problem of setting Goals but not accomplishing them too. I'll try and read the book. thanks for sharing and goodluck on ur journey to "setting goals and succesfully accomplising them".

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by Nihilist: 12:42pm On Jul 11, 2015
herald9:
The first book that really impacted me was Purple Hibiscus by Chimanda Adichie. I admired the character of Amaka. She was culturally-bound, she knew the importance and appreciated her inherited cultures and traditions to a point of refusing to take on a Christian name in order to get baptized, therefore, she ended up not being baptized along with others. She questions everything western much to the detriment of her mum. That was a character!

The next novel was Half of the Yellow Sun by the same author. That book left me moody for days.

Then A man from Mars. Uhm, I'm that bad at cramming author's names, I just go straight to the business.

The Mine boy by Abraham Peters or Peter Abrahams.

The other is Harry Potter, Animal farm, etc.

Purple Hibiscus was a really good book. Mine Boy as well.

Animal Farm is a really interesting one...I initially read the book as child, and with a child's understanding. I even watched the cartoon back in the day on Channel's TV. It was only when I got to SS2 and re-read the book, that I began to understand the allegory for the origins of communism...with Napoleon and Snowball representing the Lenin-Trotsky relationship.

It was like my eyes just opened for the first time, and I read and re-read the book over and over...Farmer Jones represented Tsarist Russia. The constantly changing rules represented Lenin's sociopathic approach to leadership, and the scene at the end where you couldn't tell the pigs from the humans, in my opinion might represent Khrushev's attempt to steer the USSR away from Lenin's legacy.

Boxer the horse in particular, to me represents the stupidity of the utterly indoctrinated, unquestioning pleb...and can be seen to iconize the congregation at some churches,some boko haram members, and some of the Tanoids we see in the politics section of this forum today.

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by letsbet(m): 1:01pm On Jul 11, 2015
@Nihilist
Whenever i heard the mention of Animal farm, the first quote that comes to mind is "all animals are equal but some animals are more equal". When i first read the book as a teen, i enjoyed it just for the imagery and fell in luv with it. Now, i have to go back and re-read it in other to get the clear massage George Orwell was trying to pass. tnks

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by herald9: 1:01pm On Jul 11, 2015
Nihilist:


Purple Hibiscus was a really good book. Mine Boy as well.

Animal Farm is a really interesting one...I initially read the book as child, and with a child's understanding. I even watched the cartoon back in the day on Channel's TV. It was only when I got to SS2 and re-read the book, that I began to understand the allegory for the origins of communism...with Napoleon and Snowball representing the Lenin-Trotsky relationship.

It was like my eyes just opened for the first time, and I read and re-read the book over and over...Farmer Jones represented Tsarist Russia. The constantly changing rules represented Lenin's sociopathic approach to leadership, and the scene at the end where you couldn't tell the pigs from the humans, in my opinion might represent Khrushev's attempt to steer the USSR away from Lenin's legacy.

Boxer the horse in particular, to me represents the stupidity of the utterly indoctrinated, unquestioning pleb...and can be seen to iconize the congregation at some churches,some boko haram members, and some of the Tanoids we see in the politics section of this forum today.
Wow. This is eye opening. I read the book in my SS too. I knew there was more to the book but I just couldn't connect it. The last part confused me the most as I couldn't understand what the author meant by the changing faces and the screaming. Thanks for sharing, I'll do a little research on it.

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You need to read A Man From Mars too. With an open mind like yours I know you'll easily get the drift. smiley

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by 4rmGuest2Member(m): 1:31pm On Jul 11, 2015
letsbet:
@ 4rmGuest2member:
I have the same problem of setting Goals but not accomplishing them too. I'll try and read the book. thanks for sharing and goodluck on ur journey to "setting goals and succesfully accomplising them".

I'm glad sharing has given you a crave to read the book too. I can guarantee that you'll be a goal accomplisher thereafter! And thanks Sir. smiley

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by OMA4U(m): 1:48pm On Jul 11, 2015
Nihilist:
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace Alexander Pushkin - The Captain's Daughter. Marx/Engels - The Communist Manifesto.
War and Peace is another great book. I loved it.
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by OMA4U(m): 1:54pm On Jul 11, 2015
who has read Dubliner by James Joyce?
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by letsbet(m): 2:39pm On Jul 11, 2015
4rmGuest2Member:


I'm glad sharing has given you a crave to read the book too. I can guarantee that you'll be a goal accomplisher thereafter! And thanks Sir. smiley


Thanks. you are welcome smiley
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by Nihilist: 7:24pm On Jul 11, 2015
OMA4U:
who has read Dubliner by James Joyce?

Interesting...I once tried to read 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' but just couldn't get into it, due to the Author's insistence on writing in what looked like Irish-English.

Same thing happened when I tried to read Irvine Welsh's 'Trainspotting' which is written entirely in Scottish-English...then again, I found it difficult watching the film as well cheesy
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by letsbet(m): 7:56pm On Jul 11, 2015
OMA4U:
who has read Dubliner by James Joyce?

Dubliner by James Joyce seems to hold a good ranking among the most read books in the popular site Good Reads.

can you tell us about the book??
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by fritxie101(m): 8:50pm On Jul 11, 2015
Am just a beginner, but had ny start with th Art of War by Sun Tsu. Would really appreciate recommendations from you all, especially on leadership.
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by letsbet(m): 12:21am On Jul 12, 2015
fritxie101:
Would really appreciate recommendations from you all, especially on leadership
If you are looking for good leadership books, i'll like to suggest a few to you:
1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (OMA4U mentioned it earlier) its a classic with great lessons for anyone aspiring to become a leader
2. Tribes by Seth Godins. I will highly recommend you get this book. u can get it in pdf format.
3. 7 habbits of highly efficient people by Steven Covey. the title speaks for itself smiley
4. how to win friends & influnce people by best selling author Dale Carnegie. to become a good leader you'll need good interparsonal & communication skills which is the main focus of this book.
Thats my 2cents.

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by tpiander: 2:38am On Jul 12, 2015
Nihilist:


Interesting...I once tried to read 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' but just couldn't get into it, due to the Author's insistence on writing in what looked like Irish-English.

Same thing happened when I tried to read Irvine Welsh's 'Trainspotting' which is written entirely in Scottish-English...then again, I found it difficult watching the film as well cheesy




Have you tried Angela's Ashes by Frankie McCourt.

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by tpiander: 3:37am On Jul 12, 2015
Rick9:
I will try ok. " She was a university student she met her boyfriend Nosa in an aunty's funeral they started dating, Nosa was a politician and businessman not too rich not too poor just average, he loved Efe so much and wished to marry her, so now efe friends came back from italy and efe was so dazzled by their glamour and she broke nosa heart and travelled out, nosa was heartbroken, so after many years of doing prostitution in italy she was deported and after some weeks she was diagnosed of Aids, Nosa later won the senate elections and he got married to efe's friend Ngozi, efe tried to get back to Nosa but it was too late. Very lovely story

Why e no go marry efe's friend ngozi.

Sounds like the plot of evbu my love btw.
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by Nihilist: 9:31am On Jul 12, 2015
tpiander:


Have you tried Angela's Ashes by Frankie McCourt.

No I haven't
Is it any good?
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by OMA4U(m): 9:52am On Jul 12, 2015
letsbet:


Dubliner by James Joyce seems to hold a good ranking among the most read books in the popular site Good Reads.

can you tell us about the book??
It's a collection of 15 short stories with each story ending in epiphany. The characters are well portrayed with indelible emotions that stay with the reader. In short, it's a very great book that has its setting in Dublin. Try it!
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by OMA4U(m): 10:02am On Jul 12, 2015
fritxie101:
Am just a beginner, but had ny start with th Art of War by Sun Tsu. Would really appreciate recommendations from you all, especially on leadership.
Art of War is great old book written about 600BC. For leadership books John Maxwell's 360 degrees leader is fine.
There's another very bad good book: 48 laws of power by Robert Greene.
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by OMA4U(m): 10:04am On Jul 12, 2015
letsbet:

If you are looking for good leadership books, i'll like to suggest a few to you:
1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (OMA4U mentioned it earlier) its a classic with great lessons for anyone aspiring to become a leader
2. Tribes by Seth Godins. I will highly recommend you get this book. u can get it in pdf format.
3. 7 habbits of highly efficient people by Steven Covey. the title speaks for itself smiley
4. how to win friends & influnce people by best selling author Dale Carnegie. to become a good leader you'll need good interparsonal & communication skills which is the main focus of this book.
Thats my 2cents.
Steven Covey is my best of all.

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by Rick9(m): 10:54am On Jul 12, 2015
tpiander:


Why e no go marry efe's friend ngozi.

Sounds like the plot of evbu my love btw.
Ahhahahahahaa na me send her go Italy ?
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by fritxie101(m): 12:22pm On Jul 12, 2015
OMA4U:

Art of War is great old book written about 600BC. For leadership books John Maxwell's 360 degrees leader is fine.
There's another very bad good book: 48 laws of power by Robert Greene.
Thanks a lot, appreciate.
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by fritxie101(m): 12:24pm On Jul 12, 2015
letsbet:

If you are looking for good leadership books, i'll like to suggest a few to you:
1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (OMA4U mentioned it earlier) its a classic with great lessons for anyone aspiring to become a leader
2. Tribes by Seth Godins. I will highly recommend you get this book. u can get it in pdf format.
3. 7 habbits of highly efficient people by Steven Covey. the title speaks for itself smiley
4. how to win friends & influnce people by best selling author Dale Carnegie. to become a good leader you'll need good interparsonal & communication skills which is the main focus of this book.
Thats my 2cents.
Take am: abeg Chop knuckle. Thanks a lot.

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by letsbet(m): 12:57pm On Jul 12, 2015
OMA4U:

It's a collection of 15 short stories with each story ending in epiphany. The characters are well portrayed with indelible emotions that stay with the reader. In short, it's a very great book that has its setting in Dublin. Try it!
I'll surely do that, tnks.
and Thanks for the review.
Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by 4rmGuest2Member(m): 1:24pm On Jul 12, 2015
fritxie101:
Am just a beginner, but had ny start with th Art of War by Sun Tsu. Would really appreciate recommendations from you all, especially on leadership.

Lool, you started with that book? It took me weeks to complete the book (though it was of not much volume) because I couldn't flow in the beginning and I had so many other unread books. But it's a good book on management. Might go back to it someday.

For books on Leadership, I can't recall names now but I can recall some authors: John C. Maxwell, Stephen R. Covey, Jack Welch, Dale Carnegie. There are many others but if you read leadership books written by those men alone you won't remain the same. smiley

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Re: What Book Impacted You The Most? by tpiander: 11:46pm On Jul 12, 2015
Nihilist:


No I haven't
Is it any good?

yes it is.

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