Necessary Books, Books Necessary III

THE BOOKS THAT WOULD ACCOMPANY ME TO A DESERTED ISLAND, WHERE I WOULD SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE CUT OFF FROM PEOPLE AND ALL THE OTHER THINGS NORMALLY NOT FOUND ON DESERTED ISLANDS:

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When I was under 30 my list looked something like this:

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand – because it is long and I thought I was a special individual, above the “masses”.

The Bible – because it is long and mostly inspirational.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - because I liked the rugged, emotionally tormented Heathcliff… so sexy.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut – because Kurt Vonnegut was my favorite writer.

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – because I fancied myself a Texas “Scarlett” looking for her Rhett.

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Under 50 my list was:

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton – because I loved the doomed romance of it.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – because I loved the doomed romance of it and the element of Russian history.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy - because I loved the doomed Russian history.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – because I loved the doomed Humbert Humbert and the Russian Nabokov.

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Today my list is:

Charles Dickens’ Complete Works - because it’s time to read the ones I missed and re-read the ones I loved.

Tieta by Jorge Amado – because it is long, witty, political and I loved it.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child – because I don’t want to forget about food on the island.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable and Fraud by David Rakoff – because I would need a good laugh with a witty writer.

If I Were Another by Mahmoud Darwish – because the poetry would keep me busy thinking and feeling.

-Donna

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3 responses to “Necessary Books, Books Necessary III

  1. I love that you wrote three lists, but I’m curious to know what happened between 30 and 50 that made you love all things doomed and Russian.

  2. Lucia

    Donna, you are the best. I would take YOU to a deserted island even above all those doomed Russians.

  3. bj

    Oh Donna-
    You are the best of the best- i agree with Lucia- I would take you to the deserted island and you could be my virtual three -d book.
    xoxo

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