February 22, 2007

GIVEN YOUR TEN WHY WOULD YOU WANT OFF THE ISLAND?:

Can't live without books? Read on . . . (Nigel Reynolds, 22/02/2007, Daily Telegraph)

Does Britain still love classic novels - Dickens, Tolstoy or Austen - or has so-called dumbing down triumphed?

An answer will be provided on March 1, on World Book Day, with the results of a poll to find the 10 books people say they "can't live without".

The online poll asks readers of all tastes to name their 10 favourite titles - fiction, non-fiction or even reference books. A final top 10 will be published to offer a picture of Britain's reading habits.



Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2007 8:51 AM
Comments

You know, for someone who is so "pro-human" and is in favor of forcing everyone to spend several hours a day crammed together in a metal box you do seem to spend a lot of time fantasizing about being completely isolated from the human race. Do you have an explanation for this? Is Time Enough at Last your favorite Twilight Zone episode?

Posted by: Bryan at February 22, 2007 12:45 PM

Bryan, It's amazing, I could absolutely hear Rod Serling's voice reciting the Closing Narration. What a national treasure he was.

It's awfully hard to pick 10 favorite books because if, like Mr. Bemis, your world falls apart, you'd want reference books, How To ... , encyclopedias, books to preserve civilization, etc. books that under ordinary circumstances you wouldn't need or want in your library.

Books for pleasure? Wow, that's a hard one. We had this discussion some time back and I mentioned "My Antonia." Matt whose opinion I respect a lot, said growing up in Nebraska, the book was foisted on him and he found it wanting, so I re-read it and found it as poignant and beautifully written as I remembered, so I guess I'd include that, the works of Trollope, the Brontes, Austin, George Eliot, so kill me, but I like Maeve Binchy, Louis Auchincloss, JD Salinger, and ??? I've been reading voraciously for almost 70 years and to pick out so few favorites is impossible.

Posted by: erp at February 22, 2007 1:44 PM

Bryan:

Two words: Mary Ann & Ginger.

Posted by: oj at February 22, 2007 3:42 PM
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