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    "Cottage Economy" by William Cobbett.

    The one-book-only scenario implies some kind of catastrophe, and Cottage Economy contains enough practical advice, and mind-food, to reconstruct a society.
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    I would take the Bible. I think it's one of the very few (if not only) books that could sustain me for the next 60-70 years.

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    "Ada or Ardor"... but if I can have an unlimited amount of pencils, then The World's Largest Notebook.

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    Virg, it's longer then BK
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    A Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
    Just because it was the book that pushed me to literature for the first time. Sentimental reasons...

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    Hmmm... well Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall or Vile Bodies would make me laugh. So would one of PG Wodehouse's Jeeves books or Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim.

    If I were to choose poetry then possibly Larkin's collected poems or Blake's- or maybe T S Eliot...or perhaps Paradise Lost? No, actually, make it Wordsworth's Prelude.

    For sheer intellectual stimulation I'd think about Aldous Huxley's collected letters (over 1000 pages).

    Novels?... Tom Jones?
    Middlemarch?
    Pickwick Papers?
    Brideshead Revisited?

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    You should read Argentine writer César Aira's ironic comments on that question of "what book would you take to a desert island".

    I think every book lover in the world will agree that one book would never, ever be enough. Unless your rescue ship was already in sight.

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    Curious George Goes To The Moon - I had this book as a kid and loved it. In old age, when dementia sets in, I'm sure I'll love it again. I'll read it every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by novelsryou View Post
    Curious George Goes To The Moon - I had this book as a kid and loved it. In old age, when dementia sets in, I'm sure I'll love it again. I'll read it every day.
    I was just bout to say The Fire Cat. I am...easily amused.
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    I would definitely take Don Quixote.

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    If This Is A Man / The Truce by Primo Levi. I absolutely loved it and I think it's a very important book.

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    Either The Art of War or Haunted (by Chuck Palahniuk. Well, not The Art of War, obviously.)
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    James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson. A rich and splendid book .

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    I'd probably have to bible too, not that i'm especially religious or even especially christian but it's simply the only book I can think of that could possibly hold my attention for a life time.
    Mind you I'd probably change my mind after a few month and ask for some giant literary classic instead
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