There are books that last only while you read them while there are those that stay with you forever. The latter makes you think, introspect and often changes your view towards important things in life. Read below to find out about some of the best books that make you think and deliberate.
‘Siddartha’ is a novel written by Hermann Hesse. It was first published in the year 1922 in German and later published in 1951 in the United States of America. It is the story of a young man named ‘Siddartha’ in his quest of self discovery during the time of Buddha. The book is a touching account of the conflicting wants of the mind, body and soul. In many ways, once you read the book your perception of the world changes, to some extent is elevated.
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9. The Immense Journey: An Imaginative Naturalist Explores the Mysteries of Man and Nature:
This is a collection of essays about the history of humanity by Loren Eiseley. The book was first published in the year 1957. It is touted as amalgamations of essays which are not only travelogues but also have in them sermons and written as though a lyrical poem. Eiseley was a professor of Anthropology but he was also one of the greatest writers of this century. The book is written with a scientific as well as artistic mix of thoughts. It will surely make you introspect and perhaps even change you in certain ways.
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8. Non-Zero: The Logic of Human Destiny:
The book is written by Robert Wright, a bestselling American author on evolutionary psychology, history, religion and science. In this book, Wright talks about how life follows a basic pattern. He manages to take you through his ideas of social revolution backed by interesting facts. Perchance, this book will enhance you understanding of the history of life on our planet.
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7. A Short History of Nearly Everything:
This is an extremely popular book by American writer Bill Bryson. In this book he tries to take you through the evolution of science from the Big Bang theory to where we are today as a civilization. From there being nothing to what we see around us today, Bill Bryson tries to explain the relevance of science. It is a remarkable book; the best part being one need not hold a degree in science to understand and fathom it.
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6. Who Wrote the Bible:
This is an excellent book written by Richard Elliott Friedman. In this the author tries to answer the all important question as suggested by the title. He tried to find through definitive and well rounded explanations when he is absolutely sure about his statements. At the same time in the absence of definitive proof he doesn’t shirk from mentioning that very fact which makes his matter believable. The book greatly amplifies our understanding of the sacred text as a literature and as you go through it you find yourself engrossed in a thrilling chase for answers.
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5. The Mass Psychology of Fascism:
‘The Mass Psychology of Fascism’ is a book by Wilhelm Reich published in the year 1933. It talks about the rise of the fascists and the subsequent ascend of sexual repression. This book has made its readers over the years contemplated on predefined notions of sexual morality. Though first published at a time when the radical political spirit erupted in Europe in the early 1900s, it is interesting and perhaps even worrying to an extent to see the relevance of this book in the modern times. A must and an equally important read by far.
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4. The Hero with a Thousand Faces:
The Hero with a Thousand Faces is a non-fiction book first published in the year 1949. It was written by Joseph Campbell and is a comparative mythology where he describes the journeys of classic and typical heroes found in legends. Infact his book has been the source of inspiration for several writers over the years like George Lucas who owed the stories of Star War films to inspiration drawn from Campbell. The book provides an in-depth insight into mythology and anthropology and in many ways provides you insights into life as a whole.
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3. The Invention of Religion:
The Invention of Religion is written by Alexander Drake. In this book, Drake explores the inception of religions. He takes us effortlessly through his words on how religions would have come into effect. It explores the psychology of ancient human beings and without attacking religions instead relies on scientific reasoning for the same. It actually makes you want to think about really what could have led to so many beliefs and faiths that are in existence today?
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2. The Brothers Karamazov:
‘The Brothers Karamazov’ is a book written by Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It circles around God, free will, faith, reason, doubt and morality. It is a book that you will reread over and over again at different stages of your life for this book surely will affect the way you look at life. It is one of the greatest books ever written. It is a spiritual book that will surely not let you down.
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1. The Republic:
‘The Republic’ is a Socratic dialogue written by Plato. It is one of the greatest books on philosophy and political theory. It is really inspirational and makes you realize the importance of justice. One of the most influential philosophers of the West, Plato, will make you think as you go turn through the pages of the book. It is truly hard not to be influenced by Plato’s masterpiece.
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