Best Pick Up Line Ever – The Communist Manifesto

It is sensational to look at an old book in a new way.

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx is one of my favorite books. Not for its political point of view or its arguments on communism and how the world should be run. It is one of my favorite books because it got me a husband. I read the book more than 26 years ago and to be honest, I don’t remember most of it. The Communist Manifesto is one of my favorite books because when I was reading it as part of my college honor’s program I met my husband. I was sitting in a lounge area reading the book when my husband walked up to me and said what to this date is the best pick up line ever, “Karl Marx was an idiot.”

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Ooooooo, talk about smart, sexy and confident. I fell for Darren and wanted to marry him that day because of that pick up line. That is the funny thing about books. Sometimes they are not used in the way they are intended. In the honor’s program we were studying philosophic arguments from famous figures throughout history. We were exposed to Marx’s book not to convert us to communism, but to expose us to his philosophy which  was influential throughout the world. Marx wrote the book with his friend Engels in order to convince people of how wonderful and proper the communist way of life would be. I read the book in order to get an A on the essay exam. My husband to be used the book to pick up a cute young chick on a college campus.

Books are incredible things. I have loved books since I learned to read when I was three and read Dr. Seuss’ Hop on Pop. All my life I have known that books have power to transform life and reality. There have been times, when I have gotten lost in the pages of a book and forgotten for a moment that I was not actually in the middle of the action in a story but sitting in Rittenhouse Park in Philly as a young woman or out on my deck in Trevose as a first time mom to be, or hiding in my bed in Bryn Mawr. Of all the books I read, and there are too many to count, I will always treasure my memory of The Communist Manifesto bed because it got me a husband. So, the question for you this sensational day is what book have you read and gotten a message different from what the author intended?

 Click here to read about the line my husband used to explain why he married me.

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