Written by Voltaire, pseudonym for François-Marie Arouet, and first published in 1759, this one can definitely compete with anything written ever since! Voltaire uses entertaining satire and dark humor to question government, society, religion, education and optimism, by letting the main character Candide go on a long journey. The ending is one of the most famous of all books, and if you haven’t read it I’m not gonna spoil it for you here.
“The Buddha resides as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain.”
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, first published in 1974, is a philosophical fiction book, generally regarded as an American cultural icon in literature, described as an intriguing story about a man in search of himself.
The cult classic that is literally about a different way to live life – to let the dice decide! According to BBC it is “one of the fifty most influential books of the last half of the twentieth century” and Loaded Magazine named it “Novel of the Century” in 1999.
The book depicts the life of Luke Rhinehart (a pen name), a New York based psyciatrist who is bored and tired with his life and everyday routines: “life is islands of extacy in an ocean of boredom, and when you reach your thirties you rarely see land…”.