Daily Archives: March 5, 2009

More Island Time

You’re packing your bag for that other desert island—the one with no electricity—what 5 books do you take with you?

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner — it’s hard to imagine myself going somewhere long term without taking this book with me. I’ve read it so many times though, that I’m tempted to just take Absalom, Absalom! instead.
Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth — I could reread this book again and again and always discover something new. Extraordinarily powerful re: the truth of human nature. Great historical fiction. Bonus points for being long.
Therapy by David Lodge — the ultimate comfort food, the book I can reread again and again and again and it will still make me laugh. Melissa Banks’ The Wonder Spot is a very close second.
Ulysses by James Joyce — a desert island would be the perfect chance to actually finish this thing.
Hamlet — to read aloud to myself.

I really really wanna put Cien Años de Soledad but again, read it so many times… and what about Onetti? Most of his stuff is so short though. OH OH a desert island would be the perfect opportunity to read *every* piece in the *complete* works of Borges! (poetry, essays, letters… everything. And, and, and–and Orwell! And Kafka! Oh, books.

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