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RivalOfTheRose
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What do you guys think?
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Heard of it, never read it.
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It's been a while since I read it, but I found it to be a pretty moving experience to read, but it didn't noticeably affect my life afterward. It's a great book, but maybe not a Great Book.
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Glenn Arnold
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I liked it very much. Didn't expect the surprise ending.
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Raymond Arnold
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I started reading it recently and it seemed like it'd make me dissatisfied and frustrated with my busy-city life, at a time when I didn't especially want to be so-dissatisfied, so I stopped reading it.
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RivalOfTheRose
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I had a similar experience. I went on a cruise with my wife, and my friend lent me his copy of Siddartha. It was quite disturbing reading about the glory of the ascetic lifestyle while trying to enjoy the luxuries of taking a cruise. I don't recommend that to anyone.
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I'm a sometimes motorcycle mechanic. Is this book for me [Big Grin]
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You'd enjoy the limited quantity of technical parts I bet. He uses it as a vehicle (no pun intended) to explain his greater thoughts.
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Glenn Arnold
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I'm a technical type person (and also sometime motorcycle mechanic), and I honestly don't remember any technical parts other than using beer can material as a shim.

As to the city-busy life issue, I don't think it would really change your city satisfaction. It's been awhile, but I mostly remember issues of his relationship with his son, and his (the narrator's) coming of age philosophically and emotionally.

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Curious, how does the rainy day/mood music/fireplace thread impact your city satisfaction? I'd expect it to have a more significant effect than reading a book.
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quote:
Originally posted by Glenn Arnold:
other than using beer can material as a shim.


I've done that [Big Grin]
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Raymond Arnold
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quote:
Originally posted by Glenn Arnold:
I'm a technical type person (and also sometime motorcycle mechanic), and I honestly don't remember any technical parts other than using beer can material as a shim.

As to the city-busy life issue, I don't think it would really change your city satisfaction. It's been awhile, but I mostly remember issues of his relationship with his son, and his (the narrator's) coming of age philosophically and emotionally.

The first chapter was making me dissatisfied and sad, which I assume would generalize.
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