…3 books which have stuck in my mind for decades… what’s your pick?… TBSU…

…this ol’ Jurassic’s been an avid reader since the age of 4… for the last 60 years, my reading range and number of books, novels, poetry collections, plays, classics, garbage, old and recent is immeasurable… however, there are some which enter yer mind, and never leave… I’m sure most of yeez out there have similar experience… whatever it is that makes one piece of literature more memorable than another is down purely to personal taste… …’vive la difference’ as our French friends say… it prob’ly depends on what day yeez ask me, and I’m certain I’d have various answers on diverse days, but three among the many that stay with me constantly are here :

1. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

…I first read this as a mid-teenager… this story of hardship in the Welsh mining communities struck a chord with me, which has been resonating ever since… the prose remains as magical now as when I first read it… the juxtapositioning of the hardship of those eking a living from the mining valleys, and one particularly sensitive love scene is uncanny… this is one of the few books which I read time and again, just to savour the novelist’s evocative use of language…

2. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

…among many powerful novels by the master of American West Coast literature, the tale of the Trask family is intriguing enough, but the main source of reading enjoyment is the role played by Lee, the old Chinese houseboy, into whose mouth Steinbeck places the wisdom and balance that flows from the book…

3. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

…for sheer pleasure of reading in the proper English literature style, little comes close to Dickens… the opening chapter of the book, ‘I AM BORN,’ has few if any betters for an opening… the characters have ageless identification… it took several readings over the years for me to grasp what wonderful literature it really is, because the story line itself takes the reader away so easily…

…so, there’s my three for today… what’s yours, and why?…



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12 responses to “…3 books which have stuck in my mind for decades… what’s your pick?… TBSU…

  1. laurie27wsmith

    I too started at four years old and I can still remember holding a cloth book of Dick and Dora, with Spot. It is a vivid memory etched in my mind. Never having gone to high school I missed out on having to read literature. I did get stuck into every book I laid my hands on though.
    1. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. It took me in straight away, I used to have nightmares about Blind Pew and his black spot.
    2. Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming started a love of spy/adventure novels. I read it when I was thirteen, and Bond driving his Bentley around the mountain road thrilled me to bits.
    3.The Sound of Thunder, by Wilbur Smith. Gave me a look at South Africa and the Boer War. which of course led on to many more by him.
    All quite pedestrian I know but there have been a few thousand books amongst them all.


  2. My three would changed the course of my life… The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein. I can still hear Mr. Tolefson reading ‘in a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit’ in a darkened fifth grade classroom and opening new worlds for me. Starship Troopers (the book, not the movie of the same name that had nothing to do with the book of the same name and I will never ever ever watch a verhoven movie again) by Robert Heinlein, which shaped my sense of community and responsibility, and three would be a tie between Howard Pyle’s Robin Hood and Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, and the 47 Roninand The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley and Henry V…why is choosing that last one always so hard? I loved all of them!

    How Green Was my Valley was a great story…struth, when I watched to movie at the wee age of 8, I fell in love with Roddy McDowell, and then learned how timeless movies are when I saw him on Merv Griffin a few days later talking about the poseidan adventure and realized he was older than my dad…so no betrothal would be forthcoming…it was a very sad day… 🙂


  3. go dog go, anna karenina, the book thief


  4. Hands down, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY by Richrd Llewellyn. Yeez heard it eere…


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