Hello guys. I was wondering what the manliest book/novel you've would like to read? Me, I like something with a lot of action or adventure in it, like a man's survival in the wilderness. Or a man's experience, like in a tough sport or a hunting trip. I wish there were more stuff like that.
Forty Miles in the Saddle, by Major Assburns. And looking for more, I Googled "funny book titles" and went to images... didn't expect NSFW! but be warned.
OK, this post should have a more serious answer.
One serious answer is Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly. Male coming of age from the inside out.
Another serious answer is The Last American Man. But don't expect to be inspired: Eustace Conwy starts as a hero, but the cracks in his feet of clay, there from the beginning, get more and more troubling. Expect to be troubled.
I like some of Will Hobbs's YA novels, about a boy surviving in the wilderness. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, similar theme, same age.
Robert Parker's "Spencer" novels, especially Early Autumn, which I found via recommendation here.
Thing is, we start w/ a hunger for manliness. But once you're into it... it becomes not a goal but a means to another goal: survival, prosperity, wholeness, taking care of others.
I've read The Hatchet once when I growing up, that was one of my favorites. And Iron John: A Book About Men sounds like a good book. I have to check that out.
+1 I read that too back in school, It was a really good book. I remember reading the sequel too.. it was pretty much the same thing but equally pleasing.
Other funny book titles:
This Book Needs No Title, Raymond Smullyan
It's Not the End of the World, It's Just the End of You, David Goldman
If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him, Sheldon Kopp
This seems great. I read the Goodreads profile and I am making a note to purchase this next chance I get. Thanks!
One of the best.
Sounds like a very interesting book to read. I have to remember that.
I'm thinking about bringing War and Peace with me on the tough mudder.
Re-reading the Aeneid
I know you are looking for action books but I think there are tons that fill that need (James Bond, Jason Bourne, etc) without giving anything else. If you want a whole man's experience, including action but mainly all the rest that makes us men, I'd suggest some Hemingway like "For Whom the Bell Tolls" or "A Farewell to Arms". You have action (Spanish Civil War, Italian Front in WWI) but you also have love, sacrifice, friendship, and all other bits that make up being men with all our complexities.
One of the best books I've read in a long time, (and pour over quite often still), is Six Guns by Elmer Keith. It's a scattering of stories, anecdotes, advice and observations on handgun shooting, guiding, hunting, wildlife photography, police work, firearms, and blow by blow gunfights that actually happened.
For a one man against the wilderness/world piece of fiction, I love To the Far Blue Mountains, by Louis Lamour. I'm fond enough of that protagonist that my wife has had to fend off repeated attempts to name our first son Barnabus.