vic-k wrote:bobueland wrote:What is your favorite book no 1?
. . . . "I've only read one novel, that caused me to seriously consider changing the path I was desirous of my life taking, and that was, 'Lady Chatterley's Lover', by D. H. Lawrence.
In 1960, on the cusp, twixt a life enhancing education, and the seeking of gainful, revenue generating full time employment, I read LCL. Thereafter, I felt that I no longer wanted to be a train driver, or a bus driver, but a gamekeeper instead. As you would expect, with all the publicity the LCL obscenity trial generated, applications for game keeping posts, were ridiculously over subscribe to. I became an apprentice panel beater instead.
Nothing I'd read prior, or since, has had that kind of impact on my preconceived notions of the path my life should take.
I,ve read many books that have left a lasting impression on me, though, but they all fall into the categories you've put the block on.[/i][/color]
Hmmmmm, now that I think about it, perhaps Lady Chatterley's Lover really did have a significant effect on my life, or at least nudged me toward writing for a living, if that's significant. Except it wasn't the book itself, but Ed Zern's review it of it in a 1950s edition of Field & Stream, from which I learned it was possible to get paid for making fun of things in an intentionally oblique fashion:
"Although written many years ago, Lady Chatterley's Lover has just been reissued by the Grove Press, and this pictorial account of the day-to-day life of an English gamekeeper is full of considerable interest to outdoor minded readers, as it contains many passages on pheasant-raising, the apprehending of poachers, ways to control vermin, and other chores and duties of the professional gamekeeper. Unfortunately, one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous material in order to discover and savour those sidelights on the management of a midland shooting estate, and in this reviewer's opinion the book cannot take the place of J. R. Miller's ''Practical Gamekeeping.''"