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    Default A book that has changed your life

    I'm almost convinced that a persons moment is defined by the book that struck him or her at one particular point of his or her life. When I was younger (I'm in my thirties now) I used to read Herman Hesse with great passion and now, in spite of being an excellent writer, I think he's one of those authors who are to be read at a certain period of your life.
    What book has changed your life and why?
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    I felt the same thing when I read my first comic book ....
    (now, i'm a graphic designer )

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    I guess one on the books that impacted me the most as a kid was “Brujas”, written by José Rafael Pocaterra. Like the rest of his stories, “brujas” is very creepy. Yet it teaches a very beautiful and valuable lesson. It taught me that appearances can be deceiving, and that prejudging is wrong. Bottom line: never judge the book by the cover.


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    Rodrigo,

    Graphic literature has produced some amazing material, especially these last few years. (Ask the Wachosky brothers!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hebe
    I guess one on the books that impacted me the most as a kid was “Brujas”, written by José Rafael Pocaterra. Like the rest of his stories, “brujas” is very creepy. Yet it teaches a very beautiful and valuable lesson. It taught me that appearances can be deceiving, and that prejudging is wrong. Bottom line: never judge the book by the cover.
    I guess those are the stories that touch us the most: the ones we read when we are little kids, right? The whole world is a mistery to us or, to express it better, we have an entire world to learn about!
    Also, I have a friend who used to read horror books in the dark at night, just to get scared. I guess a book is much more than just a story: when we become the book it gives us something impossible to describe with words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel
    I guess those are the stories that touch us the most: the ones we read when we are little kids, right?
    Also, I have a friend who used to read horror books in the dark at night, just to get scared. .
    You are absolutely right Gabriel. Life is a Mystery; and when we are kids those mysteries bring fascination worth exploring. I read Pcaterra’s stories as a school assignment; and although most of them are real thrillers; I was always fascinated by their implicit moral lesson. However, I must confess something; If I read horror stories before going to sleep the insomnia would be unbearable (jeje)

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    I was under the impression that Catcher in the Rye was going to change my life (for the worse), but it didn't.

    Once Minutos by Paulo Coelho affected me greatly.

    Confessions of an Economic Hitman opened my eyes when I first read it, but I still don't know how much to believe.

    It's fun to talk to people from the U.S. after they read their first Chomsky book.

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    A lot of things I appreciate about life were changed in college when I finally picked up books by Martin Buber and Paul Tillich. For fiction, Salman Rushdie makes me actually feel better about the world...hard to explain, but if you're interested in figuring out what I am talking about, read "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" and get back to me...

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    No book has changed my life but a few years ago I was into self-help books. yes! guilty as charged. I particularly remember Jorge Bucay's (please don't laugh) "El camino de las lágrimas", it's a helpful book about loss and letting go of the past.
    The first book I remember reading was Annie (the little orphan) when I was 5. I still love the movie :-)

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    This book didn't change my life but I really enjoyed its message about having an open mind. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Anyone else read it?

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