Thursday, September 27, 2007

Desert Island

I’ve been asked this classic question in more than one job interview: If you were trapped on a desert island with only one book to read, what book would it be?

That is quite the question. What book would I take?

Worried about my soul’s salvation, I would consider taking a religious text. I mean, imagine what levels of spirituality—what nirvana—I might achieve after years on my desert island.

Or I could take an old favorite to be my companion. I wouldn’t mind sharing my island with Anne Shirley, Elizabeth Bennett, or Hercule Poirot. (Though I’d much prefer Gilbert Blythe, Fitzwilliam Darcy, or . . . Captain Hastings?)

But what answer do I usually give? Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. Not only is the BBC miniseries to die for (Sean Bean is such a dreamy villain), but the book has over a million words. It could take me weeks just to get through it. And since I’d have weeks to spare . . .

Of course, this raises the question (and I expect oodles of answers in the comments section): What book would you take?


notaconnoisseur said...

I will have to think about this one for a bit.

Wanna-Be Lit said...

I love the image of you and Captain Hastings on a deserted island together. :) I also like the idea of taking the longest book with me. . . . What would it be?

Wanna-Be Lit said...

Maybe I will take "The Fountainhead" with me. It took me a year to read "Atlas Shrugged," so I should have plenty of reading with another Ayn Rand.

Blogger said...

Here's another idea. I could take a book I absolutely despise, and then it would take me forever to read it.