Good morning there, book lovers 🙂
It’s time for the July question-of-the-month, courtesy of the Classics Club. Here’s the question:
“What classic book has changed your view on life, social mores, political views, or religion?”
My initial reaction was “Umm, none.” Cause really, there are very few books at all that can change someone’s view on something. Maybe it will reinforce things you already felt, or give you a new point of view on an issue, but it seems a rarer thing for a book to actually change your mind on any issues that serious.
That being said, I wanted to come up with SOMETHING, so here we go:
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger made me realize how much I hate whiny teenage characters. And it might be why I have to little tolerance for them now. (I’m looking at you, 5th book Harry Potter).
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X, written by Alex Haley and Malcolm X, gave me a whole new perspective on the Civil Rights movement. Not only was the book completely engrossing, but I also realized that I liked his approach to black equality a lot more than MLK Jr.’s. It just made so much more sense. When I was a kid in school, we learned about MLK Jr every freaking February. Not ONCE was Malcolm X and his efforts mentioned in any of my classes. That’s a shame, and I’m glad that I eventually picked this book up. This is still one of my all-time favorites, one that I try to re-read every few years.
- Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean – I’m not actually sure if this is considered a classic… But it spawned a movie AND a play and it’s 20 years old and still popular, so I’m going with it. This book made me look more into the capital punishment system and I guess made me think about which side of the capital punishment debate I’m on. The book itself is intense and full of information, but I did other research after reading it about the injustices of the judicial system and for that reason alone, I fall into the anti-death penalty camp.
Aaaand… that’s all I got! It’s REALLY hard to think of classics that would have had any effect on my opinions about politics, society, religion, etc – especially fiction classics. Maybe that’s because I didn’t read many classics until I was already out of my teen years, so I had already had opinions on these things? But that makes it sounds like I haven’t changed my mind about anything in the last decade and of course I have. Just not due to classics, I guess.
Anyways! What classics influenced or changed you in some way?