FIVE BOOKS FOR A DESERTED ISLAND

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          We have all been asked which five music albums we would want with us if stranded on a deserted island. Personally, I would not want any of my favorite records because over time I would grow to dislike them, just as bartenders come to hate their favorite songs after hearing them blast from a jukebox a dozen times a night. So, instead of music, it seems that people should be asking about books.

           Reading a book can ignite a slow burning pleasure without fear of being pummeled in four-four time by the jackhammer of monotony. Re-reading a book might uncover nuances that present a more enlightened understanding of the subject matter. Books can amuse and enthuse on the long journey to that clever twist at the end. A twist that, if you’ve already read the book, you know is coming, so this time you look for clues that the author has cleverly woven into the story that should have tipped you off the first time. But most importantly for a person desperate to be rescued back to the civilized world, books can also provide hope. So, if I ever do find myself stranded on a deserted island, these are the volumes of fiction I would hope to have with me.

                       

THE COLD SIX THOUSAND  by James Ellroy

CLEAN BREAK  by Lionel White

THE INVISIBLE CITY  by Pete Hammill

CANDY  by Terry Southern & Mason Hoffenberg

MUSIC FOR CHAMELEONS  by Truman Capote

 

         And here’s hoping that I would not break my glasses like Burgess Meredith on that most heartfelt of all Twilight Zone episodes.