If you could read only one book....

#1
Talking to 'She That Casts No Shadow ' the other day about books that we have read in the past.
I was unsurprised by how little she had read.I was reeling some modern day classics of to her but to no avail,she hadn't heard of most of them ,let alone read them.

She said 'If I could read only one book ,what would you reccommend?'


I said 'Of Mice And Men'.
If you had to recommend only one book what would it be.
Sorry if this has been posted before.
 
#2
'Chickenhawk' by Robert Mason.

Bob was an American Warrant Officer pilot during the Vietnam conflict. He flew over 1000 combat missions.

His storytelling is riveting, and the attention to flying detail puts you next to him, as he chucks his Huey helicopter around lead filled skies, the blood of his wounded comrades sloshing around behind him.

You will believe absolutely, that you can fly a chopper after reading this book.

I read probably 5 books a week, and have done for years, and this is the only book that I've ever read more than twice.
 
#3
'Chickenhawk' by Robert Mason.

Bob was an American Warrant Officer pilot during the Vietnam conflict. He flew over 1000 combat missions.

His storytelling is riveting, and the attention to flying detail puts you next to him, as he chucks his Huey helicopter around lead filled skies, the blood of his wounded comrades sloshing around behind him.

You will believe absolutely, that you can fly a chopper after reading this book.

I read probably 5 books a week, and have done for years, and this is the only book that I've ever read more than twice.
I would agree . I also have read it twice even to the extent of buying it twice, bought it in 87 took it with me when I joined up, got lent out a lot the return spring obviously snapped on it never ever saw it again. Would recommend this a lot , it's good honest story telling without the big timming .



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#4
Damn, only one? And without pictures... It would be a toss up between Len Deighton's "Goodbye, Mickey Mouse" or Wu Ch'eng-en's "Monkey". Neither of them are life changing or earth shattering, but they're a couple of books I've had for years and can read again at any time. I'll for "Goodbye, Mickey Mouse".
 
#5
'Chickenhawk' by Robert Mason.

Bob was an American Warrant Officer pilot during the Vietnam conflict. He flew over 1000 combat missions.

His storytelling is riveting, and the attention to flying detail puts you next to him, as he chucks his Huey helicopter around lead filled skies, the blood of his wounded comrades sloshing around behind him.

You will believe absolutely, that you can fly a chopper after reading this book.

I read probably 5 books a week, and have done for years, and this is the only book that I've ever read more than twice.
Good book,read it a few times myself.Another one in a similar vein is a book called,I think, 'Once we were warriors'
 
#6
mortars. 'We were soldiers once, and young' ?

les Miserables for me.
 

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#7
I have been giving this some thought and even put the same question to the guy's in the office.

Someone mentioned James Joyce Ulysses, another would have to choose a history book of sorts.

Others that were mentioned were Catch 22 and 1984.

For me I couldn't pick one book, so I would have to opt for the Inheritance Cycle series. It is 4 books, but I think that is because it is too large to be 1 book.
 
#8
Only one book?
The Neverending Story!
 
#9
Talking to 'She That Casts No Shadow ' the other day about books that we have read in the past.
I was unsurprised by how little she had read.I was reeling some modern day classics of to her but to no avail,she hadn't heard of most of them ,let alone read them.

She said 'If I could read only one book ,what would you reccommend?'


I said 'Of Mice And Men'.
If you had to recommend only one book what would it be.
Sorry if this has been posted before.
Think it would be a tie between 'Of Mice And Men' and 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. Closely followed by 'Lord Of The Flies'.
 
#10
The Heart of Darkness and Other Tales by Joseph Conrad- reading it at the moment, and I'm already hooked. Either that or Candide by Voltaire, which is hilarious in its ridiculousness and pessimism.
 
#16
“ Endurance “ by Alfred Lansing .

The epic tale over two years of Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Expedition to Antarctica . It uses in parts the as written experiences of his crew . Set in a time of no radios , GPS it is a tale of leadership , hardship and courage . Shackleton rescues all of his crew from entrapment in the ice then a mainly dead reckoned sea crossing in open boats to Elephant Island and finally he and a few others sailing onto South Georgia and without maps or climbing gear crossing the island to Grytviken .
 
#17
1984 is good call.I did mention that one and Animal Farm.Her eyes lit up a bit at the mention of Animal Farm. But i thought it best not push that one too hard.

I've always read Ruyard Kipling stories .They can be abit hard work at times but are good stories.

Read Lord of the Rings twice, enjoyed it bettet the first time.

Never read To Kill a Mocking Bird but might look it up.
 
#18
On the Beach - Nevil Shute. Most definitely my favourite of the classics that I've read. Exceptionally well written in an almost dispassionate way in that it doesn't impose on the reader which emotions to feel, yet evoking so many.
 
#19
Probably cheating here......

Either the Sherlock Holmes Omnibus edition (containing all the stories) or the 'Karla Trilogy' which is Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People in one book.
 

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