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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37 Comments

  1. Sweet, I still have books to read myself.

  2. I need to read more books! Cute story between you guys!

  3. Motherhood on the Rocks

    So sweet! I never heard a pickup line I liked. lol So glad you found a good one!

  4. I find when I read books that I get a different meaning than what the author intended. Sometimes instead of being happy I will be so sad at the end of the book. Specially with Wally Lamb books. Those books have me sobbing when others are content and put the book down. I on the other hand am feeling sorrow.

  5. Such a cute story. It’s funny how some pick up lines work and others don’t . I’m sure there are some books that I took a different way, but none come to mind at the moment.

  6. Haha that is awesome. I haven’t read this book yet, but I’d love to. Karl Marx was awesome.

  7. Amy Desrosiers

    I love books too! Some grip you and teach you life lessons that you keep with you forever.

  8. How fun is that? Such a great story!

  9. Meredith Hilton

    it’s so fun to be with someone who loves books – always something to talk about! sweet to hear how you two got together!

  10. Milena Milani Barrett

    LOL! My husband wasn’t as clever with a pick up line, but I guess it worked!

  11. Lois Alter Mark

    I totally agree that books have the power to transform lives and reality. Great post!

  12. How cool that this brought you together! I’m sure that is a great story to tell anyone who asks.

  13. A Dash of Sanity

    A recent book I read was Standing for Something I got several things out of it. It was a simple read too, so I could fit it into my schedule.

  14. Oh my goodness, really? LOVE that pickup line….. looks like he knew what he was doing ;)

    • We have been married 24 years and it has been 28 years since he said the line. So you are right, he did know what he was doing!

  15. Lisa Jones acouponaddict

    Sounds Like A Great Book Will Have Get The Book!

  16. Interesting take! Never read the book but it’s crazy how random things like this can bring people together. As a wedding designer – this is one of those nuggets I try to pull out of clients to incorporate into their day somehow!

  17. I love your story. Don’t remember off hand what book I have read that I took it a different way. Reading is big for me.

  18. I think I read that book back in high school. I don’t have as much time to read as I wish I did – I need to fix that!

  19. I love this story! I need to think a bit about a book that gave me an unintended message.

  20. What a great pick-up line. Love this. When I think of some of my favorite books I always remember where I was when reading them. Such a great memory.

  21. Thanks for linking this post up for #FlashbackFriday!

  22. That is just so sweet!!! A man that reads is über sexy to me! When I was engaged to my oldest son’s father, my pastor had us read No More Sheets by Juanita Bynum. I read it and it opened my eyes to sooooo many things (and, needless, to say the marriage got called off). To this day, my pastor says he’s a little apprehensive to recommend the book … LOL

  23. This is just such a sweet love story, worthy of Reader’s digest :)

  24. I love to hear how people meet. :-) A great pick up line indeed.

  25. I’m here via Chasing Joy’s Flashback Friday :)

    Awhile back I read a book called “The Mastery of Love” by Don Miguel Ruiz, which talks about themes like awareness, transformation, and love, in the context of both self-love and love of others. It wasn’t his intention, but reading it helped convince me to give it another shot with my ex. It didn’t work out in the end, but it was still worth it – we had several wonderful years together in the interrim.

  26. This is so sweet, love at first site. Smart sexy and confident, you didn’t have a choice with that combination. I love guys who read. I have yet to experience an unintended use of a book but I look forward to it! Thanks for sharing!

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