[quote=“mod lang”][quote=“Alien”]Maybe you should have made this ‘If you were on a desert island and could only have ONE novel, which would it be?’ instead…
That’s not fair because naturally you’d pick some long-ass work like Remembrance of Things Past or Les Miserables - a couple of thousand pages that would keep you occupied for the looong time you’re on that island. You’re not going to pick something shorter but better like a concise little Graham Greene or J.D. Salinger novel.
Not necessarily a LONG book! I’d take something that I’d be delighted to read again and again and analyse and appreciate from various angles. Memorise. Internalise.
It’d have to be Shakespeare for me, then. The collected works of…! Because it’d be hard to choose one play.
But if I had to, I guess The Tempest, or Midsummer’s Night Dream.
If I couldn’t take Shakespeare, then maybe Dickens Tale of Two Cities. I adore that book. But if I couldn’t take Dickens because it had to be American (homeland security, you know…) then it’d be Huckleberry Finn, because it’s just great. And it’s fun to read aloud. And it makes me laugh.
But if I couldn’t take Twain (because it was racist), then I’d take a wee bit of sci fi, Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 or Orwell’s 1984, or Huxley’s Brave New World. But if I couldn’t take a male author, I’d take Kate Chopin’s book ‘The Awakening’. This is too hard. Someone would have to toss a book at me.
On a desert island: One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez