Wednesday, September 06, 2006

One Book Meme - Finito!

Apologies to all (of those interested).
Here’s the One Book Meme balance of the required Oneness.

One book I've read more than once: Richard Russo’s Nobody’s Fool

One book I'd want on a desert island: The fattest volume around. I was a lousy Boy Scout and firewood collecting wasn’t my badge speciality.

One book that made me laugh: Confederacy of Dunces got me thrown out of the N.C. State library. I’m serious! But I think I laughed deeper, longer, and louder when enwrapped in Joshua Then & Now

One book that made me cry: In the privacy of a book, I tend to the Big Boo-Hoo more than I care to admit. The most waterlogged book in our collection is Goodnight Moon, since it was a nightly read to the kiddies for, I’m estimating, 2 decades.

One book I wish had never been written: The Baltimore Catechism, a book whose possible intentions, in theory, was to explain and illustrate, but, which, in practice, turned the Catholic faith into a rote-learning based religion.

One book I wish had been written: Impossible to answer because whatever idea I may have in mind is sure to come up with at least one book to deal with it. So, rather than wish for a book that had been written, let me wish for an improved light-speed Google software specifically aimed at matching all books currently available, out-of-print or not.

One book I'm currently reading: Chris Ayres' War Reporting for Cowards

One book I've been meaning to read: Rory Stewart's The Places in Between.

N.B.: The film versions of Joshua Then & Now and Nobody’s Fool are exquisite.

I second your movie approval - I was pleasantly surprised by them both.

Funny thing, though: I've typically had trouble getting into Confederacy. It's been a few years, so perhaps I'm due to try again...
I read Confederacy of Dunces back in the early 1980’s and it was a hoot. Like you, when I picked it up to re-read, I couldn’t do it. It was funny…but not as funny as the first time through. Like a girlfriend in your teenaged years that you’d never want to marry.

So, when I listed "Joshua Then & Now" as the Book of Laughter and (Not) Forgetting, it was because it passed the Re-reading Test.

Three others that passed that test and were so close to the top are:

The Life and Extraordinary Times of Private Ivan Chonkin

The Good Soldier Svejk

And finally, one of your choices, Me Talk Pretty One Day, especially the French lessons stories, which had be bent over in pain with tears of laughter (there’s got to be a single word in some language for this phenomenon).

I’d include the entire catalogue of deVries’ books in the Laughter section as they were/are consistently hilarious, save for his last 2-3 books which were not up to his standard, but which would be considered fine if written by another author.

I like this commenting thing. I could follow the Law of Oneness in my entry, but then skirt that Law in my commenting. Having and eating my cake too.
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