April 9, 2005

The Book Meme

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
Like qB, I haven’t read the book, assuming it’s a book – but I understand that the question actually means If you had to memorise a book, which book would you memorise?
From a lazy perspective, and that usually is my perspective, I’d say Julius Caesar, since I memorised it once already. Only, I further understand that the idea is to memorise a book that you wouldn’t like to see lost to humanity, so I’d have to say Wuthering Heights. I expect it is terribly cliched to choose a Bronte novel, but there you are. Wuthering Heights really shouldn’t be lost to humanity.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Well, there’s Heathcliff. Biggles (and his co-pilots). Aragorn. Ged. The Amazons (I know they were girls, but the Swallows were so wet). Oh, any rescuing hero, you can bet I would’ve had a crush on him. The somewhat darker, tragic heros were the ones I liked; none of yer Darcys for me, apart from Laurence in Little Women, but he was artistic. And totally gay, I should think. Owen Meany, I’m afraid. Endless, endless list; impossible to name them all.
The last book you bought is?
The Rough Guide to New York, wither I head in May. But I think I’m supposed to be telling you about fiction, in which case it’s The World According To Garp, which was 20p in the library sale. Bargain. Libraries are ace, and I will have to go back there soon, as my to-read pile is all but empty again.
What are you currently reading?
See last question. Both of those, and No Logo by Naomi Klein.
Five books you would take to a deserted island:
1. Midnight’s Children, which I keep meaning to read again.
2. The Lord of the Rings; I don’t remember how many times I’ve read it, but I’m sure it’s good for a few more.
3. A Jane Austen anthology, because that would last me ages.
4. The Northern Lights trilogy. Definitely one to re-read, because it had so many levels and I’m bound to have missed a few.
5. Brewer’s Phrase & Fable, because assuming there’s no internet connection on the island, this is the next best thing for browsing.
It really depends how long I’m going to be on the deserted island, of course, but if we’re just talking holiday reading, I’d probably pack something quite light that I hadn’t read yet.
Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
Pete – because I always want to know what he’s thinking [insert winky icon]
Dr Pockless – because he reads the best books, and he gives me the best books as presents.
Mr AdHoc – because I have no idea what he reads, but he writes very well, so it’s safe to assume that he reads very well.


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