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TEV

I thought your "how to survive a shipwreck" book should have a title ... It's called "Castaway" ...

http://market.survivaliq.com/item/0439270553

derik

Nice post, Matt. Five fiction choices shouldn't be too hard: Gaddis' Recognitions, Delany's Dhalgren, Borges' Collection Fictions, Queneau's Novels omnibus (in French, one of the non-fiction would have to be a French/English Dictionary), and number five is tough...

LouisB

Matt, I've read all of your very fine fiction choices except the VanderMeer book, but I'm afraid I'd still rather have all of Proust's A La Recherche du Temps Perdu instead.

Matt Cheney

I really should have taken some courses in French before I got stranded...

Borges got beat out by Barthelme on my list, simply because I find Barthelme funnier, so if I were stranded, I'd want something kind of light and amusing. (I laugh uproariously every time I read "The School", which, actually, I read aloud to all of my students each year...) But Borges and Calvino were hard to see drift off over the waves.

As for a survival book, I think Mark really did find it. I looked a bit when I was writing the post and the best I found was "Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why", the subtitle of which is kind of funny. In a morbid way.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Do I get to bring The Complete Works of William Shakespeare with me?

wrmjr

When did "Fiction" come to mean "narrative prose fiction"? I must have missed the memo. Last I checked, Shakespeare still fell under the rubrick of fiction. I think you've got a good, interesting list, though, of narrative prose fiction...

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