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    Only one novel

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Stinger, Sep 14, 2007.

    Let's discuss a very cliche but still sweet question: If you have to spend the entire your life in a tiny island and you can only take one-only one- novel to read what would it be?

    Mine would be Journey to the end of night by Louis Ferdinand Celine.
     
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    War and peace by Leo Tolstoy, because it's so long, perhaps. I don't know. I can't really bring myself to choose one novel. Can I take Stephen King's Dark Tower series?
     
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    If I could bring a series I'd bring the Harry Potter series, I'm afraid. If I'm limited to one book it would have to be either Crime and Punishment or The Counte of Monte Cristo. Probably The Count. Crime and Punishment would make me kill myself within a week...

    amazing book, though.
     
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    owwww, if i could take a series i too would say Harry Potter books. but if i had to pick only one it would be . . . . . . . . . . . . Hannibal as i could read it over and over and over again, although i have only read it once. actually, i don't know, it made me cry last time. i don't know, there are so many books. :(
     
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    i dont think there's a book out there that i wouldn't get sick of the 10th time i read it.

    i'd probably take the lord of the rings 3 books in one, not because its terribly interesting, simply because its bloody long. and after the 16th time of reading it it'd make for good fire starting material.
     
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    And don't forget insulator! Paper is good for insulation! :-D

    I agree with what others have said. I couldn't take one book to read for the rest of my life. Mind you, I'm going to think of it like this:

    I live on an island with one person - Christoff - and we are able to make a life there like they do in Swiss Family Robinsons (good movie). There are many things to do, many sights and sounds, but it's for life. What is the one book I wouldn't want to be without forever?

    Hmm. That is VERY tough... Possibly "Twilight"... Maybe "The Sight"...

    Mind you, "island survival" wouldn't be a bad choice either. Haha.
     
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    Either "The Gulag Archipelago" - Solzhenitsyn (does that even count as a novel?) or Nineteen-Eighty Four - Orwell.

    Gulag simply because it's INSANELY long, and Nineteen-Eighty Four because I love it to death.
     
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    Lord of the Rings is not a bad choice, I guess- I recall Christopher Lee saying that he has read it once a year since the Sixties. Not sure I love it quite that much , but still.
    For me I think it would be Foulcaults pendulum by Umberto Eco. It's long, complex, always absorbing and contains so many good jokes and sly references that I could read it time and again, always find something that I didn't notice (or 'get') before.
    Does The Illiad count as a novel?
    Or could I take my 'Complete works of Shakespeare' instead?
     
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    The Bible I think. Although that doesn't particularly count as a novel does it? Still, you get something new from it everytime you read it through.
     
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    I'd have said all volumes of Encyclopaedia Britannica...that should be enough to keep me occupied :D
    Since it's a novel you're asking about, maybe Atlas Shrugged? That's a long one.
     
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    "Death and the Dervish" by Mesa Selimovic. Or maybe a collection of Hölderlin's works.
     
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    I can see myself being more interested in the Island it's self.

    But, I'd pick, Romance of the three Kingdoms, Johnny got his Gun, or 1984.
     
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    "How to Get Off of a Tiny Deserted Island for Dummies"? :p

    Maybe Crime and Punishment. It's a good book, but I doubt there's a book I could really read on a regular basis.
     
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    God that's a hard one. I would maybe take The darkside of midnight by Sidney Sheldon as its 3 books in one.
     
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    LOTR's, hands down. I've read it 4-5 times now, and every time I read it I find something new I missed before. LOVE IT. (And as above, it's so freakin' long. ;) )
     
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    Hmm, my favorite novel is Gone With The Wind, but for a book in general (what about creative non-fiction?) I'd choose either 'Desert Solitaire' by Edward Abbey (which I would be able to relate to more personally if I were alone on an island) or 'The Secret Knowledge of Water', by Craig Childs - absolutely phenomenal.
     
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    Series, I'd have to say the Chronicles of Amber by Zelazny, with Donaldson's The Thomas Covenant series a close second.

    Single book? Lonesome Dove by McMurtry, due to its length, depth of characters, and just good story.

    Terry
     
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    Seriously though, probably the Holy Bible. I am religious, so that counts for one thing, but many people obviously count the Bible as fiction. Either way there are many, many great stories in it.
     
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    Agreed or LotR - simply because they can be/are combined into a complete "novel-like" collection. Both would keep me occupied for ages...

    (has both and reads them both more often than she probably should)
     
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    Glue by Irvine Welsh.

    Probably nothing anyone has ever heard of.
     
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    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, hands down. Everytime I read it I get so sucked in that the whole world around me seems to disappear. And the ending always seems to give me that slight sense of surprise, even though I already know it.
     
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    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
    Not because he's good, he is, but mostly because it's a huge book.

    Either that or a novel that would accurately portray how to survive on a desert island and make your escape. But that's just me being pragmatic.
     
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    I love to read childhood memoirs, so...

    "They Cage the Animals at Night" by Jennings Michael Burch
     
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    I'd peobably take Stephan King's THE STAND. Its long and good.
     

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