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.”
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 best 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?