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Sunday, June 3, 2012

What one book?

"If anyone were to pose to me 
the classic question, 
What one book 
would you take to a desert island? 
I would answer, 
a big, unabridged English dictionary. 
... I think I could live happily 
among all those words 
until company arrived." 

~ Charlotte Pomerantz, 
  The Place My Words are Looking For

 I really like Pomerantz's answer above.  I think I would take a dictionary, too -- especially if I could also take a big stack of blank paper and a couple of pens.  That way,  I could write down my own stories and poems, using the words I read in the dictionary for inspiration.  If I had to pick a different book, however, I think I would try to find some really long novel that I haven't read yet and take that along.  (Though I'd much prefer to have a whole library of books available to me on a deserted island!) What one book would you take?

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  1. I think it would be torture to try and figure out only one book!!! But if I had to I know that I would take my NIV Study Bible.

  2. Torture, indeed! I can't imagine only having ONE book to read for any length of time, let alone a looong time on a deserted island.

    Good idea, Elaine!

  3. Harry Potter 7 and a whole bunch of paper to write out the other ones (well as best as I could)... then I'd have 7 books to read! :)

  4. Hmmm... now there's an idea! :)