Your plane crashes in the pacific somewhere and you are stranded on a remote tropical island. The island is big enough that it has a fresh water supply, but you are the only human inhabiting the island. Fortunately, you brought with you five books and you have successfully salvaged these books from the burning wreckage of your plane. These books are the key to you remaining sane during the duration of your stay on the island. What five books did you bring with you?
1. The Holy Bible
2. The Silmarillion
3. Plato's Republic
4. A History of Western Art
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Robinson Crusoe (kind of fits the theme)
A River Runs Through It
Gibbon's Decline and Fall (some omnibus volume or something that contains at least the first three volumes)
>book on plotting location and navigation
>book on primitive boat building
>two copies of the cheapest edition of war & peace (combined 2500 pages of firestarter ftw)
Remembrance of Things Past
an army survival guide omnibus
having been isolated for long periods of time, the more dense and long the better, the bible is a poor friend in trying times. plus, since i'd like to eat and survive, and possibly figure out how to save myself, the survival book seems the most necessary for my sanity and safety.
"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.
30 "And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 "So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
I went to the Yale University bookstore and bought and read a copy of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." I suffered a great deal in the process. The writing was dreadful; the book was terrible. As I read, I noticed that every time a character went for a walk, the author wrote instead that the character "stretched his legs." I began marking on the back of an envelope every time that phrase was repeated. I stopped only after I had marked the envelope several dozen times. I was incredulous. Rowling's mind is so governed by cliches and dead metaphors that she has no other style of writing.
But when I wrote that in a newspaper, I was denounced. I was told that children would now read only J.K. Rowling, and I was asked whether that wasn't, after all, better than reading nothing at all? If Rowling was what it took to make them pick up a book, wasn't that a good thing?
It is not. "Harry Potter" will not lead our children on to Kipling's "Just So Stories" or his "Jungle Book." It will not lead them to Thurber's "Thirteen Clocks" or Kenneth Grahame's "Wind in the Willows" or Lewis Carroll's "Alice."
Later I read a lavish, loving review of Harry Potter by the same Stephen King. He wrote something to the effect of, "If these kids are reading Harry Potter at 11 or 12, then when they get older they will go on to read Stephen King." And he was quite right. He was not being ironic. When you read "Harry Potter" you are, in fact, trained to read Stephen King.
Our society and our literature and our culture are being dumbed down, and the causes are very complex. I'm 73 years old. In a lifetime of teaching English, I've seen the study of literature debased. There's very little authentic study of the humanities remaining. My research assistant came to me two years ago saying she'd been in a seminar in which the teacher spent two hours saying that Walt Whitman was a racist. This isn't even good nonsense. It's insufferable.
The Harry Potter series is great because the writing style and themes grow with the protagonists you shit chucking ape. Of course Sorcerers stone seems like prose for 12 year olds, it literally is. Read the 5th one which centers around living under political oppression, or the sixth one on duty and martyrdom.
>not choosing a collected shakespeare
>not choosing pic related
You can probably make do with just the one book on that sort of thing. Given that it's such a basic set up, there must be a book out there on "How to survive on a pacific island somewhere with nothing but five books". What might come in handy would be a book on semaphore and other basic signalling methods.
It's also possible that he doesn't realize this is the sacred meme list, hasn't actually read any of them, and believes it may be a collection of the greatest works of literature of all time. People are naive. I can only personally tolerate two of those books.
I'm guessing "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and that it includes mostly modern literature.
"The Selfish Gene" is the only Dawkins book I see on /lit/ that gets some respect. Reddit tends to worship him for his atheistic views so if the list was purposely saying I'm from reddit. it would have most likely included "The God Delusion" instead.
King James Bible
SAS Survival Handbook
Growth of the Soil by Hamsun
Moby Dick by Melville
The Elementary Particles by Houellebecq to remind me that society is shit and I'm not missing out on much.