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Wednesday, 16 February 2005
Earlier today, the_lucky_duck asked me a hypothetical question which I shall rephrase thusly:
The Gestapo is enforcing a new rule: Everyone gets to own five (and only five) books, and those five are the only books you ever get to crack open again. (Book sharing will be punishable by death or something. I dunno. Just play along, okay?) So, which five books do you want to have with you for the rest of your days?
A ridiculous question, and one that’s perfect to answer on a blog and solicit additional answers to in the comments. My five (at this point in time, anyway):
Finnegans Wake
The Sound and the Fury
The Mezzanine
Stranger In a Strange Land
The Power of Now
Your turn!
posted to /art/books at 12:15am :: 6 responses

the lucky duck had this to say (02/16/2005 00:10:59):
The Alchemist / Breakfast at Tiffany's / Brothers Karamazov / The Howard Zinn Reader / NIV Study Bible

I would've put Nick Hornby's High Fidelity on that list; but instead of wasting one spot, I can always rent the movie. The Gestapo allows movie rentals, right?
katya had this to say (02/16/2005 09:40:42):
I tried to think of what books on my shelf, I access the most and would really bug me if they weren't there. Here's what I came up with:

-The Book of Lists

-Atlas (my trusty 1984 Hammond)

-Dictionary (my trusty 1956 Webster's; fun to read - when you look up individual entries online you don't get to learn about words you've never heard of)

-Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg (it's disturbing how often I access this)

And for a book I like to read cover to cover:
--A Room with a View
Byrne had this to say (02/16/2005 12:14:37):
Surprisingly enough, I have actually thought about this in one of my more depressing, hypothetical, twilight zone pondries...

1) Lord of the Rings - complete set - I refuse to accept that this counts as 3 books
2) Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - also the complete set - I do have it on my bookshelf if you want to see
3) Lonesome Dove
4) Complete Works of Shakespeare
5) Dante's Inferno - because I have always intended to read this all the way through, and I will need a book to ponder over - a book that will take at least a couple of reads just to get a real firm grasp on the content. I almost chose The Bible for the same reasons, but "eh" - whatever.
Cheshire Dave had this to say (02/17/2005 01:39:31):
Invisible Man (Ellison), I will second the Complete Works of Shakespeare (with good footnotes), a good unabridged dictionary, the Torah, and Hold'Em Poker for Advanced Players.
Ignatz Ratskywatsy had this to say (02/17/2005 11:10:35):
Ulysses (James Joyce), Jimmy Corrigan, World's Smartest Boy (Chris Ware), Hors Series (Joost Swarte), Metropolitan Life (Fran Lebowitz), and The Onion's Our Dumb Century. Yeah, most of these have pictures in them, but I like my pictures. And all of them are funny.
Evy had this to say (02/20/2005 07:26:26):
No one mentions A.A. Milne? Think of the children--and the child in you--in that five-book world...

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