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posted 27 April 2008 06:33 PM      Profile for Snuckles   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Our critics present a selection of history's most notable cult writing. Some is classic. Some is catastrophic. All of it had the power to inspire

What is a cult book? We tried and failed to arrive at a definition: books often found in the pockets of murderers; books that you take very seriously when you are 17; books whose readers can be identified to all with the formula " whacko"; books our children just won’t get…

Read it here.

A few notables:

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (1951)
Ur-text of adolescent alienation, beloved of assassins, emos and everyone in between, Gordon Brown included. Complicated teen Holden Caulfield at large in the big city, working out his family and getting drunk. You've probably read it, be honest.

Chariots of the Gods: Was God An Astronaut? by Erich Von Däniken (1968)
Those Easter Island things, they're blokes wearing space suits, aren’t they? Er, no. Hugely influential work of mad-eyed fabricated Arch & Anth, responsible for decades of pub pseudoscience as well as for splendid stuff such as The X-Files. Increasingly common at jumble sales these days, though Von Däniken happily got another 25 books out of the idea.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach and Russell Munson (1970)
The book that gave 1970s idealism a bad name, the nauseating story of a seagull who defies his fellows to soar into the heavens. "The only true law," the bird solemnly tells us, "is that which leads to freedom." Richard Nixon's FBI director, L Patrick Gray, ordered all his staff to read it. Later, he resigned for gross corruption, a fitting punishment for his dreadful taste.

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Michael Hardner
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posted 27 April 2008 07:10 PM      Profile for Michael Hardner   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can't believe I have read about 15 of these, and I don't consider myself to be an avid reader ?
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posted 27 April 2008 07:16 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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posted 27 April 2008 09:30 PM      Profile for scott   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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posted 28 April 2008 08:03 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
    Chariots of the Gods: Was God An Astronaut? by Erich Von Däniken
    A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
    The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
    The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
    The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln
    Iron John: a Book About Men by Robert Bly
    On The Road by Jack Kerouac
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson
    The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
    Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
    The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    The Stranger by Albert Camus
    The Teachings of Don Juan: a Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda
    Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
    Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an Inquiry into Values by Robert M Pirsig

I count 21, but that might be the chillum talking.

I read about half of these within an 18-month period when I was in my early 20s.

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