Sunday, May 01, 2005

The Book Meme

Joel passed on to me this book meme…a first for here goes:

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

Hmm…I read a book long time back which I did not like, The Notes of Don Rigoberto By Mario Llasa Vargas, to be honest I did not even understand it much so that would be my choice for incineration. Although if the idea is to burn the book in the human minds, as Joel says, than it would be The Arrangement by Elia Kazan though I can think of a few others but let me name just one here.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Speaking from top off my head: Heathcliffe in The Wuthering Heights, Dr Zhivago in Dr Zhivago, the male protagonist in Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead…actually I could not even bring myself to despise that guy in Lolita, although what he did was wrong…his love for her destroyed her.

The last book you bought is:

The last book I bought was The Beggar at the Gate by Thallassa Ali. It is a simply written tale of love set in the pre-partition Lahore. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading, The Count Of Monte Cristo By Alexander Dumas. It is a loooooong book but worth reading. It is about useless revenge is…that is putting it very simply. It reads like a fable at times, I am quite enjoying it.

Five books you would take to a deserted island:

Now lets see, either I could take 5 books I have always wanted to read but have never been able to read more than a few chapters, stuff like How the Mind works by Steven Pinker and other such books. Or I could take along my cheque book, address book, cookbook, a how-to-survive-in-the-desert-book but I like Joel’s idea of taking along five notebooks, so that is what I am going to do, I am sure they will be plenty to write about.

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?

Personally I would have liked to pass this on to all those on my list but since I have to pick only 3, I shall pass this stick on to .:A:., Misreflection and M…why…because they are all interesting, intelligent people and I would like to read their answers.

Sorry guys, too lazy to do the linking for the books.


M said...

G, you've put me in a difficult situation here..I read many books but have no head for either titles or names! My brain wires on that count are faulty...sorry to disappoint you :(

Misreflection said...

Its been a long long while since I last read but I hate to dissapoint you so I'll have a go.
1/Living Dreaming Dying- Rob Nairn, ps: I met the author and he just blew me away.This book is one of many you can read in snippits, very inspiring.

2/Haven't read much fiction lately, but I'll say Heathcliff too, something about him being a savage in love appeals to me big time.; )

3/Da vinvi code, for my son, haven't read it yet. waiting my turn.

4/Currently reading stuff that I need to master if I should sit for an exam sometime next year , but really time will dictate whether I take it or not, apart from that I read books I can read in snippits to name a few: A gradual awkening, Stephen levine,Phsycho- cybernetics, Maxell, maltz..,a few other books on Buddenhism and meditation, Diamond mind , I can remember , cant find the others right now.

5/ I have read my fair share of fictional stuff , but find I can't read something I have read before, so it will have to be all books that inspire me books I can read time and time again, this does not mean I am not inspired by fictional stuff, its just I lose interest if I know the plot, ending etc ..
I also went through phases of reading-only thrillers, Lynda da Planta being a top fav, then it was Minette Walters, then Ruth Rendal etc etc. it changes all the time.The classics are wonderful too and perhaps I should choose one or two , ie catcher in the Rye, , wuthering heights, tale of two cities, to name a few....oh yes I might even include this one I read abt 4 yrs ago , The swan song , by Jung Chang.

6/ I have no idea who I can pass this on to , leave that to you gs.
that's the best I can do girl.. : )

Joel said...

I'd never marry Heathcliff.

gulnaz said... problem.

Missy...thanks for not disappointing. i'll try to get the living dreaming dying. i liked da vinci code, like a shcolarly thriller, fun to read. saw national treasure recenently, it was smiliar to da vinci code. Hey best of luck with your exams, what is the subject? i enjoy racy thrillers, like them more than romances. ruth rendall, ian rankins and john grisham are my favourite 'thrillers's...and yeah some guy called david baldacci, hv just read the last man standing, it was fun.

Joel, there is something mysteriously compelling about men like heathecliff to women like missy and name two. :)

eden said...

nothing much to say about this article coz ive too lazy lately in reading things well, this is nice and well written....:)

Tarun said...

not a fiction fan.....interesting reading for you.

Geetanjali said...

This an interesting questionnaire - makes you actually think! Would be fun to pass it around, not to mention fill it up :-)

jonny ragel said...

what? no mention of fabio on your crush list? where would romance be without him?


5 notebooks with you on the island. that's brilliant. would they be college ruled? mine would be without lines.

gulnaz said...

Eden, Tarun, thanks :)

Geetanjalii have posted it as comment on your blog, would be fun to read your answers, so fill it up and pass it on. :)

Johnny Crash did not know about fabio, just saw his photo on the mr. romance, indeed. :) hmmm...well i am not sure about having lined books but some pretty paper would be nice :)

Joel said...

gulnaz: I understand why Heathcliff is Heathcliff, but wouldn't you rather have Knightly?

gulnaz said...

Joel, Hmm..I guess Emma's Mr Knightly would be better suited for the task of a husband. Being sensible is a good least one of the partners should claim that distinction. My parents are groom-hunting for me and it confuses me as to which factors I should give more weight.

. : A : . said...

Sorry for the delay. Here goes:
1. None. No book should be burned!
2. Nope.
3. A lonely planet!
4. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst.
5. My notebook!?!?!!! ;-)
6. The next 3 ppl who read this comment!

gulnaz said...

A:your notebook would be something to read now!