It's the apocalypse, and you can only save one book. Which one?

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  1. SutkiKynyR

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    Like that one @Cave Troll! You are my kind of people!

    Can you assist me about the matter of that 2 required reviews thingie that prevents me to post on "Poetry"...

    Sure I could just throwup here .. but I like to believe I'm even remotely gentleman...
     
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    It is a simple matter of critiquing 2 works anywhere in the Workshop, and you
    can then post what you like there where it belongs genre or otherwise.
     
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    So I can reply to something but not post new thread?

    Heard!
     
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    I think it unlocks after you get your critiques done.
     
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    Thanks for the clarification... I'll get down to the business and throw in the towel.
     
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    I’m still thinking about this ... I really cannot decide on a novel. I don’t think any novel I’ve read does enough to be worthy of expressing human civilization or thought - at least not on the scale of soemthing like Kant’s, A Critique of Pure Reason.

    Crime and Punishment does display something quite extraordinarily “human”, but it doesn’t really express everything there is to express about humanity. Also, Dorian Grey is the most obvious choice (I believe I mentioned this previously), but I still think there is likely something out there I’ve yet to get to grips with (likely Ulysses?)
     
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    How about Bleak House? I think Dickens lay out quite nicely human psyche and greed and such in this well written book.
     
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    Well, seein' as how @John Calligan covered us with a math/physics textbook, I think someone should bring a book on brewing beer. I don't have one, though, so it'll have to be someone else.

    If I'm allowed to bring a set of books, it would be The Story of Civilization, by Will and Ariel Durant. It's pretty much the history of everything, and is huge enough to use as a trebuchet projectile of incredible destructive power.

    As far as literature goes, it's a tough choice. Maybe East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. Maybe The Jungle Books, by Rudyard Kipling. Maybe a collection of Hemingway's short stories, or Flannery O'Connor's short stories, or Anton Chekov's short stories. Or Edgar Allen Poe's short stories. Or something monumental and epic, like War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
     
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    Battlefield Earth
     
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    Hard question because all the books I own I like them.:p Buut... If I had to choose one at the last second, probably will be comic: Sandman by Nail Gaiman.
     
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    Sadist. Masochist. Whatever, at least bring Dianetics or something :)
     
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    Yeah, we'll need something disposable to wrap fish or start fires or something. But content counts, too, so maybe we should leave L. Ron Hubbard out of this. He was a hack, anyway.
     
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    To the Debate Room!

    Resolved: It would be better to be John Kennedy Toole than L. Ron Hubbard.

    Discuss!
     
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    I would save either Umberto Eco's "El Nombre de la Rosa" or Ken Follet's "Los Pilares de la Tierra"

    (mines mine are in Spanish :whistle: How embarrassing ) Thanks @Cave Troll

    ETA: Today I chose, Los Pilares de La Tierra.

    I'm glad we'd have some copies of The Lord Of The Rings.
     
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    Cuidado, podrían alejarte.
     
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    About 50% of the Spanish I know I learned from this little critter:

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    I cheated and used a translator. :p
     
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    Don't trust that translator. It's a little confused ;)
     
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    Good question.

    I don't know, choosing just one book is difficult.

    I think I'd choose a King book.
     
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    To ease things, which King books would make your top 3?

    Think I’m: Shawshank, Dr Sleep and oddly the JFK time travel one (tropey but Paige Turner) 11.22.63


    My personal fave novel is Ghostwritten ~ D. Mitchell, have a thing for anthologyesque structure with interconnectedness. < because of this. Was his first book, metaphor heavy with some shoe-horned devices. But he wrote young and brave(r) back then (to my mind).
     
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    How to Stay Alive: The Ultimate Survival Guide for Any Situation by Bear Grylls.
     
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    I would grab a book of fairy tales. Probably something multinational. This would be a good candidate.

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    Love it. Not a bad choice at all, although I've never read the Angela Carter collection. But I love 'fairy tales.' They are the oldest tales we tell, and there is a remarkable synchronicity between cultures when it comes to them. I don't think you'd ever get tired of them.
     
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