2009/05/20

The Sunny One - tagged me for the Numbers tag

ONE life . So make the most of it .
TWO of us - AG and I .
THREE - ganging up against me - AG,Srin and Tani
FOUR of us making up my family
FIVE days of the week stretching interminably and then suddenly the weekend has come and gone
SIX pairs of assorted footwear. I need a baker's dozen.
SEVEN deadly sins - Wrath , that's me
EIGHT years since Ma died .
NINE months you carry a baby inside of you and whoosh suddenly she's all grown up and gone away
TEN minutes to do this tag - seven days to post it .

And then she did not tag me for the literature tag. but I like it so I'm doing it anyway !

1) What author do you own the most books by?
A toss up between PG Wodehouse and Agatha Christie

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
None that I know of - I'm careful that way

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?

No I have left my proper English speaking /writing days days far behind me . Now, I split my infinitives, use or drop articles indiscriminately, malaprop like mad . So.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?

John Galt - a teenage crush that has persisted

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?

Hemingway's The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?

Princess of the School by Angela Brazil

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?

I read a lot and enjoy whatever I read so its difficult to say , but well Dan Brown's Deception Point , was terrible .

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

Mimlu Sen's "Baulsphere" for the content and the sheer joy of living which the book projects .

9) If you could force everyone to read one book, what would it be?

I wouldnt force anyone to do anything .so nada. But I definitely would recommend Maugham's "Razor's Edge " and Hemingway's short stories .

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?

Amitav Ghosh Each book is a reinforcement of his writing skills . My personal favourites are The Hungry Tide and Dancing In Cambodia.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?

The Enchantress of Florence - it would make for a stupendous crossover blockbuster . Imagine the scope of the film - whimsy, sex, magic, the action panning across continents , incorporating emperors, doges, pirates ,sorcery in its huge plan . It would be filmed using the best of Hollywood and Bollywood and would be one fanatastic potboiler

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?

Hmm Uncle Fred in the Springtime .

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.

Nope , none .

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?

I read lowbrow books to relax and therefore any choices I make here would smack of partiality, so I'm not telling.

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?

Joseph Conrad's The Heart of Darkness .We had it in the Modern English syllabus for my PG studies - but I never did get around to understanding the angst of Kurtz . I never read the book nor did I answer any of the questions related to it .

16) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?

Shakespeare of course.

17) Austen or Eliot?

Eliot

18) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?

Bengali literature . I'm illiterate that way and ashamed of it .

19) What is your favorite novel?

The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh

20) Play?

Shaw's Pygmalion

21) Short story?

The Open Window by Saki


22) Work of non-fiction?
William Dalrymple's City of Djinns

23) Who is your favorite writer

Hemingway.

I am not tagging anyone . Please feel free to take it up !

17 comments:

Onedia Hayes Sylvest said...

Okay I must find out more about The Enchantress of Florence ...wish i had a good book group.

Loved your answers to the book tag. Since I have no post in my head except "Why does Sandals Resorts think all those bronzed thin young people on their ads will attract me to their resorts. It won't ...Where are the ordinary people. Oh right they don't want us ordinary people.
So the book tag will be much less ranty than that post.

Sue said...

Har har har... there's no need to tell us about your lowbrow choices. I already know!

:P

I'm glad you did both tags anyway.

J. Alfred Prufrock said...

I'm actually surprised there are so many points of commonality in the book tag.

J.A.P.

Usha said...

wow, I am not picking up the tag but picked up so many titles that I must read. I feel totally illiterate. :)

Spontaneous Mini said...

I wish I could do this but I have exams this whole month:-(
and send me ur email id. I tweet-ed u but guess ur nt regular.

panu said...

well, i loved saki's the open window too!!

eve's lungs said...

@O- This book has been panned severely but I liked it.
@Sue- Kindred souls huh ?Still have your lowbrow stuff with me
JAP - :)
Usha -Do read Amitav Ghosh and Hemingway
SM- Will respond
@PANU- :)

Kum Chini said...

HUngry Tide, Open Window, Amitav Ghosh...all are my favs too.

Parul said...

Making notes of your recommendations for my next trip to the bookstore. I need to read more Hemingway. I loved A Moveable Feast and when I did go to Paris many years after reading the book, the words rang so true.

iz said...

You've introduced me to some new books! Can't wait to start.

eve's lungs said...

@kc -:)
@Parul - Oh yes I liked it too .But I like the Africa stories much more as also For Whom the Bell Tolls .
@Iz- For that I shall have to put up the my librarything widget.You can browse to your hearts content

Jane Turley said...

I enjoyed both those tags; I might do the numbers one as it's a little different.

It's always interesting to see another person's reading choices. Strangely, Heart of Darkness is one of my all time favourites. I studied it for A level - my first attempt at readiing it failed and then one night I read it late at night when it was dark and stormy and was suddenly gripped by it.

Apolcalypse Now (The film) is based on Heart of Darkness - even though the setting has changed if you watch it, it may give you some insight into Kurtz' mind.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocalypse_Now

La Delirante said...

"Joseph Conrad's The Heart of Darkness" haven't read it yet...I want to though :)

eve's lungs said...

@Jane - I guess I shall read it now. Its quite a favourite with my daughter too
@ LaD- hello stranger :)

AMIT said...

That is very good post from you.

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The knife said...

Don't worry about Bengali literature too much. I maintain that there many ways to connect with a culture and language is one of them. I recently read a couple of lovely translations of Sankar

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