Yeah I read it in the 60's. Bought the third book and about a third of the way in figured out I needed to read it all so I went out and got the first book and began and finished the series in a very short amount of time. Then straight through again. I feel that the movies kind of ruined it for me. Or maybe it was getting old and jaded and too mature for the fantasy. I used to read them all in the spring to pull me out of my Northwest winter funk and into the spring. Too many times to count. I'm sure it shaped me lots of ways. I'd love to run into another series that could hook me as this one did in my youth but can you imagine having that kind of time to read.