|Stranded on a desert island- lacking food and water, you are surely
going to die (pleasant, isn't it?) You do not know who/when your identifcationless body
will be found. Your precious fountain pens all lost during your swim to temporary safety
on the island- you have no means of writing down any of your last thoughts. You are able
to take a single book from the sinking ship's extensive library. In choosing a book, you
intend it to give those who find your body insight into who you were. What existential,
politicial, practical (or any other) issues most occupied your thoughts? What work of
literature put these into words most poetically? most artfully? Why did you choose this
work? (Submit your response)
Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj ., - chosen
by -- Vivek Narayanan
I would choose this book and learn from it how to rejoice
in the fate that awaits me. of course, it would be an extremely
eclectic ship that would boast in its intellectual larder
of such a title. failing this, Ii would simply take some
mentally taxing book like 1001 theorems in geometry using
ruler and compass, and while away my last moments pondering
the beauty of geometry.
of Darkness by Joseph Conrad., - chosen by --Luigi
Probably the book that reveals at the best how thin is the
influence over humans. After a century, it continues to
inspire artists such
as Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse now) or Alex Garland
I read it first time when I was 19 and since then I have
read it at least
other three or four times, obsessively. Highly recommended.
- chosen by --Richard Binder
My single book would be what I consider the finest American
novel ever written: Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, by Herman
at Melville's unrivaled skill at weaving the illimitable breadth
and depth of human destiny into the fibers of an equally substantial
setting of the eternal struggle between good and evil, and
making the whole into a cracking good yarn. His descriptive
prose is second to none, and his character delineation leaves
me breathless. Moby-Dick is a searing look into the soul,
and I reread it aboout every five years.
Bible, - chosen by --Kay Purcell
'Fraid I am going to reveal just how square and boring I am.
I'd take my Bible. It is the only book I've been able to read
more than once and not put down after the first ten pages
of the second reading.
of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien - chosen by --Bob
I've read it a thousand times and every time is like the first
time. And because I'm dead, I wouldn't care what the book
told others about me, if anything. (If, on the other hand,
I wanted to give the finders something to chew on, I would
take Joseph Campbell's The Hero With A Thousand Faces.)
Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera- chosen
by Paul L.
I chose this Novel because it deals with existential concepts
that most closely parallel my own. These include: Nietzsche's
idea of eternal return the 'irreconcilable duality' of body
and soul Kitsch the unbearable lightness of being without
weight I also see myself in a certain character, but of course
I will not say who!
Up Absurd-by Paul Goodman
chosen by Bob H.
Wake by James Joyce -chosen by Donal H.
Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat by Lewis
Grizzard-chosen by John Odom
Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington
-chosen by My L.
Why? Because it's the only book I've ever read that made
me look forward with gleeful anticipation to being old.
Jim by Kingsley Amis
- chosen by David Ranson.
If the academics find me, at least they'll know I didn't
take them too seriously.
Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
-chosen by David Mason.
I've read it four times now and I still have no idea what
it's about - a metaphor for life, for sure. I like the quality
of the writing and especially the silly little songs that
the characters burst into at the drop of a pin.
Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco. chosen
The novel speaks to my sense of experience; the almost existential
conundrum that the protagonist finds himself in, trapped
aboard a shipwreck within sight of land. The novel spoke