A Book To Forget

Electric Skeptic

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Is there a book you've read that you'd love to entirely forget - not because it was awful, but because reading it for the first time was wonderful, and you'd really love to read it (effectively) for the first time again?

For me Lord of the Rings, definitely. Honorable runners-up: Ender's Game, Mort, The Hotel New Hampshire, The Wheel Of Time, The Stand (the best post-apocalyptic story I've read in about 50 years of voraciously reading all the science fiction I could get). All books that just gave me the best feeling as I read them. I re-read them know and love them, of course - but there's nothing like the first time :)
 

Komodo

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Is there a book you've read that you'd love to entirely forget - not because it was awful, but because reading it for the first time was wonderful, and you'd really love to read it (effectively) for the first time again?

For me Lord of the Rings, definitely. Honorable runners-up: Ender's Game, Mort, The Hotel New Hampshire, The Wheel Of Time, The Stand (the best post-apocalyptic story I've read in about 50 years of voraciously reading all the science fiction I could get). All books that just gave me the best feeling as I read them. I re-read them know and love them, of course - but there's nothing like the first time :)
Pretty much anything by Jane Austen. The first time I read Pride and Prejudice I was so oblivious to the conventions of romantic comedy (some of which were pretty well established by Austen herself) that I didn't at all foresee the final get-together of Elizabeth and Darcy, and was very impressed with how deftly Austen managed this completely counter-intuitive union. (And it's still quite impressive, compared to the way it's typically done with a handwave or two in romcom movies.)
 

Torin

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Is there a book you've read that you'd love to entirely forget - not because it was awful, but because reading it for the first time was wonderful, and you'd really love to read it (effectively) for the first time again?

For me Lord of the Rings, definitely. Honorable runners-up: Ender's Game, Mort, The Hotel New Hampshire, The Wheel Of Time, The Stand (the best post-apocalyptic story I've read in about 50 years of voraciously reading all the science fiction I could get). All books that just gave me the best feeling as I read them. I re-read them know and love them, of course - but there's nothing like the first time :)
You're not going to like this, but my answer is: All of Ayn Rand's books.
 

Electric Skeptic

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Interesting. Aren't you left leaning, politically?
Very much. I find the book interesting and if things were really as they described them, I'd agree with her. But they're not; she deals with caricatures of both sides.

If Bill Gates, Elon Musk et al disappeared as they do in Atlas, the world wouldn't stop turning. Everything would proceed pretty much as it does now. It's simply not the case that a few people (Atlas) support the world.

And we do have socialism (in limited forms) in our society and, again, people are not desperately lying about how ill our children are in our attempts to get a bigger slice of that common pie.
 

Torin

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Very much. I find the book interesting and if things were really as they described them, I'd agree with her. But they're not; she deals with caricatures of both sides.

If Bill Gates, Elon Musk et al disappeared as they do in Atlas, the world wouldn't stop turning. Everything would proceed pretty much as it does now. It's simply not the case that a few people (Atlas) support the world.

And we do have socialism (in limited forms) in our society and, again, people are not desperately lying about how ill our children are in our attempts to get a bigger slice of that common pie.
I see. Thanks for your thoughts.
 

Torin

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Feel free to tell me I'm full of it - wouldnt' be the first time!
Maybe some other time.

In general, I am of the opinion that internet "debate" is not typically fruitful. I'd prefer for forums like this to serve as a place for people to "share notes." Ideally we would all be reading stuff on our own and come here to chat non-combatively, with the goal of learning. But that is impossible - there just isn't a large enough number of people who agree with me that that's what this sort of forum ought to be.

Also, if you've read Atlas Shrugged multiple times... I mean, I can't make the case any better than Rand did. My goal on the rare occasions I engage in any kind of persuasive effort is just to get people to give Rand's work a try. You've done that already.
 
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