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Dessert Island


BlinkinLights  Female  South Yorkshire
10-Nov-2020 23:59 Message #4797557
Which books could you read over and over?

You are on a Dessert Island, don't want to get bored ...

Choose 8

Mine would be:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl who Played With Fire
The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
(I read all three about 8 years ago, and again about 1 year ago - rivetting stuff, so I know I could read them all again in about a year and not get tired of them)
The largest possible volume of The Oxford Dictionary of Quotation
The Holy Bible (that will take a while!!)
Roget's Thesaurus
The Complete Works of Thomas Hardy (if such a volume exists - I live in hope...)
persona_non_grata  Male  North London
11-Nov-2020 07:33 Message #4797562

Pillars of the Earth.
War and Peace.
The Book Thief.
A Place Called Freedom.
Eye of the Needle.
To Kill a Mockingbird.
The Glass Hotel.

Anything by Ken Follett and maybe a few Steven Spielberg.
terry  Male  West Yorkshire
11-Nov-2020 08:18 Message #4797571
It's too early to think of eight....

Not exactly a book but still readable (to me), a 1/25000 scale Explorer map of almost anywhere in Wales, Scotland or Northern England.
Kaled Husseini, Kite Runner
Barry Hines, Kestrel for a Knave
I hadn't thought of the Thomas Hardy collection but now you've mentioned it, could I share your copy if we ended up on the same island?

I'll think of the other four when I wake up.
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd
11-Nov-2020 10:15 Message #4797584
Thats an unthinkable idea! Only 8 books, sometimes I read that many in a week!

Can I be the first to baggsy Ray Mears as my luxury item?
Gilpin  Female  Middlesex
11-Nov-2020 22:46 Message #4797644
All Doreen Tovey books (there must be at least 10)
Winston Graham's "Poldark" novels
Daphne du Maurier's entire published works
Gone With the Wind
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (to stop the brain going dead)
Anya Seaton novels
A book of Tennyson
Talal Nizameddin's "Putin's New Order in the Middle East"
E. H. Gombrich's "The Story of Art"
BlinkinLights  Female  South Yorkshire
12-Nov-2020 01:05 Message #4797656
Gilpin - don't be greedy !!

You've got at least 2 dozen there - you wont get them all in the suitcase ;-)

Ooh, Terry, I'de love to be on a dessert island with you, ha ha !! Would we spend all our time reading ??
Gilpin  Female  Middlesex
15-Nov-2020 12:54 Message #4797982
I'd need a trunk!
HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire
16-Nov-2020 07:35 Message #4798071
Satanic Verses.
vintagedave  Male  Northamptonshire
17-Nov-2020 00:33 Message #4798144
I would choose;-

C.J.Sansome's Shardlake novels.
The Edwardian Rolls Royce
The Bugatti Magnum.
Pensner's The Cathedrals of England.
Chekov's The Island of Sakhalin
Charles Wicksteed's Bygone Days & Now.
Which is actually more than eight as some come in several volumes.

zodiac1  Male  Flintshire
17-Nov-2020 07:37 Message #4798145
and theres me thinking a dessert was afters

BlinkinLights  Female  South Yorkshire
18-Nov-2020 20:07 Message #4798277
Oh yes, V-Dave, I have read all the Shardlake series, Tombland being the last, hope he is busy writing the next book during this enforced stay-in.

Zodiac - I always seem to get this word wrong - is it Desert (pud?)
Or is it Dessert (sand?)
Or is it the other way around ??
In actual fact a Dessert Island is not really what it's about is it? I think it should be "Desserted Island" (on your lonesome)
terry  Male  West Yorkshire
18-Nov-2020 23:27 Message #4798287
It's the other way 'round would be 'deserted' island...although if we all landed on it at the same time with all our books it wouldn't be too deserted, I bagsy the first hammock!

Another book or two I thought of:
Hermann Hesse - Sidhartha
whichever Bronte wrote Wuthering Heights - (only 'cos I've been there a few times and love walking those moors)
H.G. Wells - War of the Worlds

I'll think of the last one later.
terry  Male  West Yorkshire
18-Nov-2020 23:30 Message #4798289
Animal Farm or that kids on the island book, can't remember the title just now, nor the writer
Could I also take a book of poetry by Sylvia Plath?
terry  Male  West Yorkshire
19-Nov-2020 12:13 Message #4798336
Lord of the Flies!!!!!!!

BlinkinLights  Female  South Yorkshire
20-Nov-2020 00:14 Message #4798403
I think you may have to make your own Hammock, Terry !
Victoriana11  Female  Buckinghamshire
20-Nov-2020 09:37 Message #4798426
Mine would all be cookery and gardening books. I would get cookery ideas and would be able to create gastroinomic delights from the sea food and later from the stuff I would be growing on the bit of land.

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