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    If you were to die after reading one book...

    If you were to die after reading one book - just one book, which book will it be?

    And don't come up with, I will read the book slowly so that I won't die etc etc because nobody cares about your death. What I am interested in is the book that you choose.

    I think I should give my answer after a few replies.

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    Really not sure of your criteria here. Is the book so good that you will die of happiness? Is it so bad you will die under torture of reading? Is it so difficult that it will take you until your death to finish it? Is it so depressing you want to kill yourself? You see how many ways your question can be taken.
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    In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust.

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    I'll go with the Yongle Dadian.













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    I have a funny answer (at least I'd think it's funny), but I don't want to get banned, being on the edge and all, so I'll just give my usual favorite book answer: Moby Dick.

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    You know, I'd want to read a whole stack of comics. Whizzer & Chips, Beano and The Dandy. Why the hell would I go out of this world in adult classic style when I could die in childhood classic style? I'd laugh a helluva lot more - that's for sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desolation View Post
    In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust.
    I second that.

    or The Bible

    I can't decide.

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    It would have to be something by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, because something about the thought of dying while or after reading one of the Russians, seems a sort of ironic perfection and he is my favorite of the Russians.

    If I had to choose a specific book, it would be a tough call between Notes From Underground or Crime and Punishment.

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    Harper Lee's, To Kill a Mockingbird.
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    Faced with the prospect of certain death, there is no chance of my wasting time reading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Darnay View Post
    Really not sure of your criteria here. Is the book so good that you will die of happiness? Is it so bad you will die under torture of reading? Is it so difficult that it will take you until your death to finish it? Is it so depressing you want to kill yourself? You see how many ways your question can be taken.
    This is a very idiosyncratic question. You perceive it the way you want to perceive it. I have mentioned the only perception I did not want. Apart from that, perceive the question as you deem fit and answer.

    I am enjoying reading the posts here. My choice would be The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner. The introduction to the book has really intrigued me about the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mutatis-Mutandis View Post
    I have a funny answer (at least I'd think it's funny), but I don't want to get banned, being on the edge and all, so I'll just give my usual favorite book answer: Moby Dick.
    Give us the funny answer. Get banned if you have to. Make sure you convey it right.

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    War and Peace

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    The Book of Ruth . Reckon I could finish it in time. But actually I'd probably prefer being read to.
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    Islands in the Stream - Hemingway.
    "Some things in life need solitude to thrive. Can only flourish in seclusion and loneliness. Without affection hushing and deceptively lulling them to sleep.

    The pursuit of dreams is such a thing."

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