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    3 books you'd take to a deserted island

    Sorry if this has been posted before (I'm new).

    What three books would you take with you to a deserted island, knowing you might not be rescued. Let's do fun books, not survival guides. Books that would entertain you and you could read over and over again.
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    Re: 3 books you'd take to a deserted island

    ok, off the top of my head, i'd go with:

    1. Tully by Paulinna Simons
    2. Word by Coerte V. W. Felske
    3. This Body by Laurel Doud

    I have, and could, read these over and over.
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    Re: 3 books you'd take to a deserted island

    Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
    A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
    Life With Father - Clarence Day

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    Re: 3 books you'd take to a deserted island

    • My college physics text--it didn't make a lick of sense the first time through, but if I have years of solitude, I may be able to crack the mysteries.
    • My college calculus text--It didn't make any sense the first time through, either, but I'll need it to understand the physics text.
    • Clear the Bridge, Adm Richard O'Kane, the best non-fiction account of WW2 submarine warfare that I've ever read.
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    Re: 3 books you'd take to a deserted island

    Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    I have not read any of these books in their entirety, although I intend to before I die. I have read enough of each one to realize that these are the three most complicated novels ever written. That's what I would need on a deserted island, some real food for thought.
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    Re: 3 books you'd take to a deserted island

    Quote Originally Posted by Newfherder;2362821;
    • My college physics text--it didn't make a lick of sense the first time through, but if I have years of solitude, I may be able to crack the mysteries.
    • My college calculus text--It didn't make any sense the first time through, either, but I'll need it to understand the physics text.
    ^ Ha! Love it.

    1) Vanity Fair - Thackeray. Critical
    2) An anthology of all the Harry Potter books (doesn't exist now but hopefully will before I get stranded)
    3) Norton Anthology of English Literature: Major Authors (A good collection of a wide variety of authors and works)
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    Re: 3 books you'd take to a deserted island

    Quote Originally Posted by CCL;2364472;
    1) Vanity Fair - Thackeray. Critical
    Maybe someday I'll give it a third try.

    Everyone has made such interesting and diverse choices.

    At this moment (and therefore subject to change), my three would probably be:
    1. something by John Irving - either The World According to Garp or A Prayer for Owen Meany
    2. a Jane Austen - likely Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion - can a take an anthology of ALL of her books?
    3. Marilyn Stokstad's Art History - it's a HUGE art history survey book. I'd like some pictures to look at while stranded
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    Re: 3 books you'd take to a deserted island

    [QUOTE=Critical;2364973;]
    1. something by John Irving - either The World According to Garp or A Prayer for Owen Meany
    QUOTE]

    I have been a huge fan of Irving for almost thirty years, but have had a hard time infiltrating his latest. Can someone who's gotten through it please give me some words of encouragement?

    My picks:

    1. The Stand
    2. The World According to Garp
    3. The Catcher in the Rye
    Last edited by elk; 05-03-2007 at 08:45 AM. Reason: correcting misspelling ;)
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    Re: 3 books you'd take to a deserted island

    This is hard! I can name three titles in so any genres that I would bring!

    1. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
    2. Night by Elie Wiesel
    3. Legacy of the Drow by R.A. Salvatore
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    Re: 3 books you'd take to a deserted island

    A Simple Plan - Scott Smith
    To Dance With Kings - Rosalind Laker
    Beloved - Bertrice Small

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