"Begin at the beginning,and go on till you come to the end: then stop." (Lewis Carroll, 1832-1896)

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked."Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat."I don't know," Alice answered."Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

"All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"

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I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. Like Arthur Dent from "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", if you do not have a Babel Fish in your ear this blog will be completely unintelligible to you and will read something like this: "boggle, google, snoggle, slurp, slurp, dingleberry to the power of 10". Fortunately, those who have had the Babel Fish inserted in their ear, will understood this blog perfectly. If you are familiar with this technology, you will know that the Babel Fish lives on brainwave radiation. It excretes energy in the form of exactly the correct brainwaves needed by its host to understand what was just said; or in this case, what was read. The Babel Fish, thanks to scientific research, reverses the problem defined by its namesake in the Tower of Babel, where a deity was supposedly inspired to confuse the human race by making them unable to understand each other.


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Friday, September 01, 2006

A Book! A Book! My Kingdom For A Book!

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With apologies to : KING RICHARD III: "A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!"

The Atheist Jew: ~ I Knew I'd Eventually Get Tagged For The Book Meme

A book that changed my life: ~

"Steppenwolf" by Hermann Hesse
Yeah, probably a weird choice. The book deals with the duality of human nature, but more than that, to me it represented the social persona VS the nature of mankind. I read it when I was quite young, only about 18 and the darkness, gloominess and esoteric nature of the writing has haunted me, (in a literal sense) ever since. I was fascinated by the depiction of the bourgeoisie life of the main character juxtaposed against his inner life. Reading Hesse is like listening to Pink Floyd with your eyes. (Yes, I know that doesn't really make sense!)

A book I’ve read more than once:~

Well, I could say "Steppenwolf" again, but I won't, even though it is a book which I have read more than once. Most novels by Hess I have read more than once.

Ok, how about
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde?

Once again what interests me about this novel is the appearance of the world VS the reality. Both books have a sense of forboding. I guess I like the idea of being tantalizingly frightened. The focus of the novel was a portrait of the main character which aged so its owner didn't. Scary stuff for a young mind, and a dream for a middle aged woman! Buy me one of those for my birthday please!

A book I would take with me if I were stuck on a desert island: ~

Would it be too obvious to say
"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding? It has become clear to me that I enjoy books which present a civilised world with the threat of nature running rampant at any moment. lol

A book that made me laugh: ~

"The Twits" by Roald Dahl

It is a children's book but what the hey, who said I wasn't juvenile?

A book that made me cry: ~

The first time I remember crying while reading a book was when I read
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson. There is a passage in the novel where the pirates throw this poor old,blind cat from the pier. I was a child reading it in bed and I burst into tears. My mother flew into the room because she heard me crying and it took her a while to work out why I was so upset, and I couldn't tell her because I was too busy bawling my eyes out. I have been a cat lover ever since.

A book that I wish had been written: ~

Wow! That is difficult...
"The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
"On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur, l'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux" (It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye). A strange selection for an atheist, I agree.

Ooops, I misread this as "A book I wish I had written." Oh well, how about "My Pastlife as The Queen of Sheba"? That should be good for a laugh.

A book I wish had never been written: ~

These questions are harder than I thought! It goes against the grain for me to suggest that some books should never have been written, but if I had to choose some, I would suggest anything written by
Ann Coulter. She seems such a heartless bitch to me, so if her books didn't exist it would be no great loss to humanity as far as I am concerned.
Example : "God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours."

A book I've been meaning to read: ~

"Jesus Christ,Sun of God" by David Fideler
Notice the title is "Sun of God" not "Son of God". This is a book I have been meaning to read for a long time. I gotta buy a copy from the net as it is no longer in publication.

I'm currently reading:
"Oedipus Judaicus" (Allegory in the Old Testament) by William Drummond

Drummond examines parts of the Old Testament commonly interpreted as being historical, and suggests that they are allegories. The twelve labours of Hercules, and the twelve tribes of Israel (according to Drummond), are allegories for the twelve signs of the zodiac.

Now it is time to tag 5 bloggers.
Not sure that many people read my blog regularly in order to tag them, but here we go.

If you have been tagged, you are politely requested to answer the book questions which I have also answered and to tag 5 other bloggers. :) Have fun.

'Then, when I had given up and gone back to the alley, a few colored letters were dropped here and there, reflected on the asphalt in front of me. I read:
FOR MADMEN ONLY!' - from Steppenwolf



Blogger MichaelBains said...

You rock, Beep!

I needed that.

1/9/06 9:13 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

I love it Beep!

However, I will have to wait a few days. Will be back Tuesday and I'll tackle it then.


2/9/06 2:16 am  
Blogger Rusko Elvenwood said...

Just found your blog. I'm adding you to my blog roll. Good stuff!

3/9/06 12:42 am  
Blogger Rusko Elvenwood said...

Thanks for the add :)

3/9/06 3:39 am  

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