What are the best books of ideas?

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    #1The Blasphemy Tour

    The Blasphemy Tour

    The Blasphemy Tour is a book written by philosopher and comedian Jass Richards. It was published in 2012 and is a sequel to his book, the Road Trip Dialogues. It is about the conflict between atheists and bible fanatics.


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    Albert Simmons
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is nothing more than a pair of arrogant, sycophantic, self-involved jerks who like hearing themselves talk. I can't believe this is actually a real book. If you like angry, spiteful people who dislike everybody than this book might be for you. Otherwise, just skip it. "
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    #2The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities is a philosophical written by literary icon Robert Musil. It was published in English in October 1997 with the translation of Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.


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    Jack Long
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book is set in pre-World War I Vienna. Musil explores many of the issues that led to World War I and does so through an examination of philosophical and psychological ideas. This book is not an easy to read, but those willing to make the effort will find some truly intriguing and profound thoughts about modern life. Many even rank it among the classics. "
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    #3Chasing Mayflies

    Chasing Mayflies

    Chasing Mayflies is a deep and intricate novel written by Vincent Donovan. It was published in July 2016. It is about a man trying to fulfill his dying friend's final wish.


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    Grace Thompson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I bonded with these characters, I rooted for them and I found myself thinking about the outcome long after it ended. A perfect book to read on the beach!"
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    Candide is a satirical novel by Voltaire. It provides social criticism by telling the story of Candide, who delivers a blow against optimism in the face of life's hardships as he struggles to reunite with the love of his life.

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    Johnny Ruiz
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I didn't purchase Candide for myself to read so i can't shed that much light on it. All i could tell you is the my sister was happy she received it as a gift due to her recommendations. "
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    #5Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.


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    Laura Williamson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I recently read Fahrenheit 451 which I borrowed from my coworker. Se talked highly about this book of ideas and the author's totalitarian approach to writing brought a completely new perspective to life and knowledge. "
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    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.


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    Julio Carrasco
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "1984 is a timeless classic that should be on anyone's must read list. Read firsthand about whether predictions about the future acutally materialize. If want to be amazed by George Orwell at his best, and his description of government oversight, then definitely read this. "
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    #7I Thirst (The Veritas Chronicles)

    I Thirst (The Veritas Chronicles)

    I Thirst is a young adult fiction and the first book in The Veritas Chronicles series written by Gina Marinello-Sweeney. It is first published in 2013 by Rivershore Books. 


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    Mark Matthews
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "An odd book, that uses a story within a story approach, which largely works, but serves to help bog down the overall tale and highlight the fact that not a whole lot is really going on. It's very beautifully written, but a bit dull and sacrifices substance, for style. "
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    #8The Glass Bead Game

    The Glass Bead Game

    The Glass Bead Game: Magister Ludi is a dramatic modern novel written by award-winning author Hermann Hesse. It won the 1946 Nobel Prize for Literature. It is set in the 23rd century and is about a utopic society.


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    Ethan Gordon
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Although The Glass Bead Game is a fantastic book in its own right I'm not really sure it has much relevancy to being a book of ideas. I would search for a book called No One Ever Told Us That instead if you are interested in ideas."
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    Nausea is a dramatic existentialist modern novel written by the philosopher, critic, and novelist icon, Jean-Paul Sartre. It was originally released in 1938 and won the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature.


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    Helen Yu
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre is a novel not for the faint of heart. This book is filled with heavy subject matter about one's existence in life. It was tough to get through and the book only picked up after getting halfway through. Regardless of Nausea being a recipient of the Nobel Prize, the book is quite dense and didn't satisfy or meet my expectations. "
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    #10The Woman in the Dunes

    The Woman in the Dunes

    Published in 1962, the book narrates the life of Jumpei Niki, a teacher who misses the last bus after going to a fishing village. He then is led by villagers to a house in the dunes that can only be reached by rope ladder, and he ends up forced to live there with a mysterious woman. 


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    Brandon Lawrence
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Woman in the Dunes, by celebrated writer and thinker Kobo Abe, combines the essence of myth, suspense and the existential novel. After missing the last bus home following a day trip to the seashore, an amateur entomologist is offered lodging for the night at the bottom of a vast sand pit. But when he attempts to leave the next morning, he quickly discovers that the locals have other plans. Held captive with seemingly no chance of escape, he is tasked with shoveling back the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten to destroy the village. His only companion is an odd young woman. Together their fates become intertwined as they work side by side at this Sisyphean task."
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    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.

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    Randy Bryant
    Written on May 2, 2018


Best What are the best books of ideas
1The Blasphemy TourBooks 34 Paid
2The Man Without QualitiesBooks 31 Paid
3Chasing MayfliesBooks 29 Paid
4CandideBooks 27 Paid
5Fahrenheit 451Books 26 Paid
61984Books 23 Paid
7I Thirst (The Veritas Chronicles)Books 19 Paid
8The Glass Bead GameBooks 14 Paid
9NauseaBooks 12 Paid
10The Woman in the DunesBooks 12 Paid

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