What book could you 'live' on?

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Postby yangqin » Sat Jul 22, 2000 6:02 pm

Mine is "Howard's End" (about which I'd love to talk, by the way, with anyone who has read and loved it--lots to talk about).<BR><BR>For the sake of this thread, can we pretend LotR doesn't exist and stretch beyond it just once? I'd like to know, as would we all, what else really has moved you in your readings over the years, and what ONE book you'd take if you were only going to have it and no other. (Okay, if the TRUE answer to that question IS LotR, then who am I to argue, but it had better be true--remember, I'm skilled in all sorts of magic and can tell a fib from here.)<BR><BR>The first time I read Howard's End I was in London, and could see from my window the clock tower at the St. Pancras railway terminal (you'll have to read the book if you want to know why that matters). I have read it uncounted times--more than LotR, and that's a flat 25.<BR><BR>I also love Shirley Jackson's books, and have read "We have always lived in the Castle" more than a hundred, I think. It would be very hard to never read IT again.<BR><BR>So, what's it for all of you?<BR><BR>Y.
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Postby Tovar » Sat Jul 22, 2000 11:35 pm

A single-volume edition of the entire Wheel of Time series. After I got done reading, I could live on it as food for years. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Well, it'd probably be the Bible for me, actually. But as for non-fiction, I'd probably want to take Steven King's The Stand. Its his best ever (until he gets that blasted Dark Tower done), and I've read it a few times. Its quite uplifting at times.
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Postby imrahil » Mon Jul 24, 2000 11:18 am

For me it would be either <i>A Passage to India</i> or <i>Howard's End</i>. Unfortunately I saw the films before I read the books, however, the books still captured me more. And the films are really good so it wasn't that bad. E.M. Forster has this way of writing which haunts you forever, if only I had the time to re-read the books, it's been some time now.
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Postby Magpie Jen » Mon Jul 24, 2000 1:28 pm

Must... tell... truth.... hurts.... *gasp*<BR><BR>If there is a book I refer to more than any other; go back to and learn from; draw comfort from; laugh with; rely on... it's the Anne of Green Gables series. (OOOooooo that hurt to admit!)<BR><BR>A very close runner up are the Chronicles of Narnia. Y'know I may be a Catholic on paper, but really I'm Narnian <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>. In lots of ways anyway.<BR><BR>These may not be the books I think are my 'favorites' or 'the best books I've read', but they are the books I read over and over again. I associate so many warm past experiences with those pages. They represent not just the ideas and characters the authors put in them, but my memories of my family and childhood. Bringing them to the island would not just provide something to read, they would be better than a photo-album of home.
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Postby Gollum » Mon Jul 24, 2000 3:42 pm

Mine would be The Giver by Lowis Lowry. I've read that book a hundred times and I like it more every time I read it
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Postby ThePuritan » Mon Jul 24, 2000 5:52 pm

I think that the Complete Works of William Shakepeare would keep me well nourished. <BR><BR>If I restrict my choice to the fantasy genre I'd pick the Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay or the First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, because not only is it really, really good, it's also really, really long!
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Postby Chessara » Tue Jul 25, 2000 1:39 pm

Hey, Magpie Jen: I LOVE Anne of Green Gables too! What's wrong with that? They're great books, really. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>
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Postby Magpie Jen » Tue Jul 25, 2000 2:00 pm

Thank you, <b>Chessara</b>! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <BR><BR>I know there's nothing really wrong with loving Anne... But, y'know, I come to this forum, pretending everyday to be this tuff Canadian who loves Tolkien and the 'genre', movies like BladeRunner and X-Men and all... when underneath it... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>
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Postby Chessara » Tue Jul 25, 2000 2:14 pm

Oops! As for the desert island book question, (sorry <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>, I've been distracted lately)...well...pretending that LotR didn't exist...I'd probable have to go with the Bible, and seeing that I would be stranded on a desert island perhaps for the rest of my life, I'd say it'd be a wise choice. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><BR>Magpie: LOL! Well, I can keep a secret <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> If anyone wants to know about <i>this</i> side of you, well they'll just have to find this thread as far as I'm concerned!! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>
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Postby Gollum » Wed Jul 26, 2000 3:46 pm

Well you Anne of Green Gables fans aren't alone. I am a big fan of those books!!! There I said it, happy?<BR><BR>
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Postby Diamond of Long Cleeve » Fri Jul 28, 2000 2:16 am

Hey yanquin, so you won't allow us LOTR on shore, you big spoilsport!<BR>In that case, I'll choose 'Silmarillion', which dazzles me with its beauty. And if you STILL won't allow me any Tolkien ... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>'The Birds Fall Down' by Rebecca West<BR>A young English girl named Laura Rowan travels to Paris in the summer of 1900 to visit her exiled Russian grandparents. Her grandpa thinks the sun shines out of the Tsar's backside. But there are dark forces at work in Grandpa's Parisian household, a spy is on the loose ... and Laura gets caught up in political intrigue and eventually murder.<BR>It's a spy story, a historical treatise, a 'rites of passage' novel and a family story all in one. It's a big, meaty, serious book, beautifully written, and it sums up the evils of the 20th century in the most brilliant way. <BR><BR>Magpie Jen, I loved Anne of Green Gables too! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> But the sequels are disappointing and sentimental. I loved the 80s drama too, with Megan Follows. She really was Anne!<BR><BR>I also adored the 'Little House on the Prairie' series. We'll not mention the ghastly saccharine 70s TV travesty.
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Postby Barrabas » Fri Jul 28, 2000 9:09 am

Mine would be <b>"How to Survive on a Desert Island"</b>, or something like that...<BR><BR>Any other books would be useless and would have to be used as kindling.
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Postby Waxwing » Fri Jul 28, 2000 11:32 am

We would like to thank Barrabas for being the practical one in the thread... after all, he will probably be the only one who survives this desert-island venture, while the rest of us are starving and dehydrating while reading our books... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I would bring Jane Austin's <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>. That's one book I can read over and over again for pure enjoyment. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby locksley » Fri Jul 28, 2000 2:39 pm

Definitely Riddle Master, or a single-volume of the Cheysuli Chronicles (8 books lol - like that is likely to come in a single volume!)
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Postby The_Grey_Pilgrim » Fri Jul 28, 2000 4:16 pm

I would have to have the Bible.
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Postby peregin2k » Sat Jul 29, 2000 10:39 am

It would be "Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA". The experiences in the book are closely related to what I'm going through right now. While I'm reading it, I feel as if I'm not the only one going through this biz school ordeal.
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Postby Witchwench » Sat Jul 29, 2000 10:42 am

Well, surprisingly enough I too thought I would take the Bible as well, even though I dont consider myself religious I thought, hey, it has epic length and perhaps with the time on my hands I could get involved in religious debates all by myself and actually come to understand some of it....really.<BR><BR>although I do like the idea of bringing along a survival book of sorts too...<BR><BR>and I love Anne of Green Gables and Narnia books too...always have, esp the Narnia books...
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Postby imrahil » Mon Jul 31, 2000 10:51 am

Unprectical as I am, I would probably prefer starving to death while reading E.M. Forster to working to survive (on a desert island that <i>would</i> involve a whole lot of physical work <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>).
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Postby Ms.Took » Mon Jul 31, 2000 3:09 pm

I just always assumed it would be LoTR and some or all of his others. Always the first book(s) that come to mind and I'm not just saying that!! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> But ...<BR>the Bible or the Bhagadavita (sp?) would be good, or the Donaldson Covenant books or Prince of Hed series or Austen or Dickens or London or ...<BR>But being the actor that I am, I would have to say The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Folgers has great notes). I can learn about shipwrecks and how to kill oneself with an asp and how to climb to a parapet and how to poison the tip of a rapier and how to wear yellow stockings and how to be neither a borrower or lender or ... how to love, rule a kingdom, smother princes and contemplate the universe!! that would keep me busy (besides building shelter and finding food!)<BR>And, hey, love, love, love Anne of Green Gables!!! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby Chessara » Mon Jul 31, 2000 3:38 pm

Yay! Go Anne! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>I didn't know there so many fans out there! Keep it coming you guys.
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Postby BerenAndLuthien » Fri Aug 11, 2000 7:07 am

I can't do it, not just one book...<BR><BR>Oh well, I'll try, pretending LoTR doesn't exist I would probably take a Dragonriders of Pern omnibus edition. Some nice practical survival tips as well as a good story. First catch your fire-lizard.
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Postby Witch-King_of_Angmar » Fri Aug 11, 2000 10:34 am

I think I would take along something like: "A Dummy's Guide to: Getting off a desert island and back to civilization" <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby vincent » Fri Aug 11, 2000 10:53 pm

Well my first pick would be the Bible, but if i had to pick fiction it would be the complete works of HP lovecraft, or maybe the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, and yes i know i'd most likely die on a dessert island, but i'd die happy.
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Postby Dutch_Hobbit » Sun Aug 13, 2000 12:39 pm

If I were to live on a dessert island and could only take one book with me (not LOTR, that would be the best choice) I would take my laptop and would write my own book. It would take several years before I would have finished it, but what else could I do on a dessert island???<BR><BR>p.s. I know that the electricity would propably become a problem...<BR><BR>Greetings, Dutch_Hobbit.
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Postby SinMan » Sat Aug 19, 2000 9:44 pm

mmmmmmmmmmm, dessert...<BR><BR>i would take robinson crusoe on a desert island. i had to read it for school but it was extremely good, and wouldn't mind reading it over and over. plus it might give some ideas on what to do to survive.
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Postby Shadowjack » Sat Aug 19, 2000 10:06 pm

Well, I just picked up a book. "The Great Book of Amber",it has all ten books in it.Corwins story,and Merlins... Roger Zelazny it the greatest author of all time. I could take it to a desert island,and read it over and over again... in fact... I have read the series over and over....<BR><BR>I could dwell forever in Amber....
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Postby BobnotBart » Tue Aug 22, 2000 3:16 pm

I would bring a dictionary. If you think about it all other books are in the dictionary!<BR><BR>"The first time I read the dictionary I thought it was a poem about everything..... but I was wrong, as it turns out it was a mystery, (The Zebra Did it)" Stephen Wright<BR><BR>No but really if I was going to be stranded on a desert Island, and I couldn't bring LOTRs, I would probably go with "The Stand" definiatly a book that can be read over and over again....If I could bring a trilogy I would brink Asimov's Foundation series...
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Postby stickatnaughtstrider » Tue Aug 22, 2000 4:29 pm

easy. watership down!
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Postby Culwen » Thu Aug 24, 2000 3:40 pm

Oh, my -- many kindred spirits here.<BR><BR>If I had to take only one, it would probably be the Bible.<BR>But when I've played this game with myself <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> I would usually let myself take five. So my one volume complete Works of Shakespeare would go; (ignoring LOTR); Pride and Prejudice; a one volume version of the Narnia series; and since I'm ignoring LOTR and have an extra slot, the dictionary is a good idea!<BR><BR>(Psst! I'm also an Anne Shirley fan; and a Pern fan)
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Postby Thengel » Sat Aug 26, 2000 3:22 am

While I like many of the choices here (Can I borrow someone else's book after I finsh mine?) my own choice would be Gibson's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It must be almost the only history book ever written that is still well worth reading more 200 years after it's publication.<BR><BR>PS Actually, given it's size and complexity, being stranded on a desert island is probably the only way I will ever read it in full.
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