Wooh, I got tagged with a meme by someone I've never actually met
. How very blogospherical. Here goes:
1. One book you have read more than once - Fever Pitch
by Nick Hornby
An obvious choice for an Arsenal boy, but it's an easy read that covers a lot more ground than the football theme suggests: masculinity, responsibility, Gus Caesar.
2. One book you would want on a desert island - Tristram Shandy
by Laurence Sterne
I suppose you would need something long, substantial and life-affirming. This is both hilarious and ingenious, plus it contains great typographical gags including some illustrative squiggles and a black page to commemorate the death of a character. I think it would keep me going in hard times.
3. One book that made you laugh - The Complete Yes, Prime Mister
by Jonathan Lynn & Anthony Jay
Brilliantly adapted from the TV show, this is my ultimate comfort read.
4. One book that made you cry - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
by Michael Chabon
I probably cry more at movies than at books - "You're mother can't be with you any more, Bambi" Blub! - but I was full on sobbing at the ending to this one. It's not even particularly sad, I just found it extremely affecting.
5. One book you wish you had written - Pale Fire
by Vladimir Nabokov
Structurally dazzling, narratively gripping, hilarious and in the most perfect prose ever written. I was reading a lot of Nabokov when I was supposed to be doing creative writing as an undergrad. I would hack out something that I considered just about passable, then I'd read some of this and weep long and hard into my warm beer. I ended up failing.
6. One book you wish had never been written - Clarissa
by Samuel Richardson
I had to read it to complete my 100 novels thing
. Sheer tedium - 1600 pages of it.
7. One book you are currently reading - Mapp & Lucia
Pleasant English whimsy in the vein of Wodehouse.
8. One book you have been meaning to read - The Bible
I'm gradually working my way through it. What a very strange thing to base your life around.
9. One book that changed your life - Tales of the City
by Armistead Maupin
This is tough. I could give easily justified answers for albums (Screamadelica
) or movies (Vertigo
). I plumped for this cos I gave it to M on our first date and she was impressed, so Maupin could take some credit for the existence of my baby girl. Marvellous how the world works.
10. Now tag five people:
I don't know five people