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    If you could have 1 book....

    ...and one book only for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?


    I'd have to say Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. It has everything I love about books. Great humor, terrible tragedy, rich (and plentiful) interesting characters, and some great messages as well.

    So what about yourself?

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    Hmmm, tricky. I will really have to think about this one!
    There are only two ways to live your life.
    One is as though nothing is a miracle.
    The other is as if everything is.
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    The Bible - New American Standard translation. its got everything, sex, violence, revenge, love, hate, incest, a genocide or two and some good poetry.

    Why would you want anything else?

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    I would uniquely choose The Art of Worldly Wisdom.

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    Do collected works count? If yes, then probably Shakespeare. If not...no idea. The Divine Comedy, perhaps?
    Noću, u intimnom, poluglasnom razgovoru sa samim sobom, nikako ne mogu zapravo logički opravdati zašto se u posljednje vrijeme toliko uzrujavam zbog ljudske gluposti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilbur lim View Post
    I would uniquely choose The Art of Worldly Wisdom.
    uniquely?
    Despite the snow,
    Despite the falling snow.

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    Arden Shakespeare.

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    The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. I have read it many times and yet I never grow tired of reading it and every time I end up with a new meaning and fountainhead of inspiration and this book for me can not find and equivalent or surrogacy.

    “Those who seek to satisfy the mind of man by hampering it with ceremonies and music and affecting charity and devotion have lost their original nature””

    “If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation.

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    If we might choose a collected works volume I would have to go with Shakespeare... if not, then the Bible would be equally out of bounds and I would clearly go with the Divine Comedy.
    Beware of the man with just one book. -Ovid
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    Quote Originally Posted by stlukesguild View Post
    If we might choose a collected works volume I would have to go with Shakespeare... if not, then the Bible would be equally out of bounds and I would clearly go with the Divine Comedy.
    We nitpicking on the Commedia as well, or we gonna' count all three parts as one?

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    Probably Montaigne's essays.
    Et l'unique cordeau des trompettes marines

    Apollinaire, Le chantre

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    Ulysses by James Joyce

    I havent actually read it, but from what I hear you could spend your whole life analyzing it.

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    Starship Troopers by Robert Henlein (note: it bares little semblance to the horrible movie).

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    No... Ulysses isn't that difficult... rather Finnegan's Wake.
    Beware of the man with just one book. -Ovid
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    Complete Shakespeare is the obvious, but if collections are out, I'd have to go with Spenser's Faerie Queene, or perhaps Chaucer's Canterbury tales. Dante wouldn't be half bad either.

    "In rime sparse il suono/ di quei sospiri ond' io nudriva 'l core/ in sul mio primo giovenile errore"~ Francesco Petrarca
    "Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can."~ Jane Austen

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