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Saturday, September 02, 2006

This week I have been mostly reading...

Janine has tagged me with one of those bloody "memes" which do the rounds on the interweb periodically. As there's obviously nothing more important to write about, I s'pose I'll play along this one time...

1. One book that changed your life.

Noam Chomsky's Deterring Democracy played a major part in shaping the way I view the world. I'd probably be laying it on a bit thick if I suggested that it had changed my life in any meaninful sense.

2. One book that you've read more than once.

George Orwell's 1984. This ought to be a book which requires no introductions. If you haven't read it, do. If you have, do so again.

3. One book that you'd want on a desert island.

I imagine a copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica would cover most eventualities.

4. One book that made you laugh.

Mark Steel's Vive la Revolution is bloody hilarious. I read it on the train one day and was struggling to prevent myself laughing out loud. I also learnt a lot reading it. What more could you want from a book?

5. One book that made you cry.

I don't cry. Simple as.

6. One book you wish you had written.

The Bible. Imagine the merchandising revenues.

7. One book you wish had never been written.

Any and/or all of my law textbooks.

8. One book you're currently reading.

The World Turned Upside Down by Christopher Hill. It's an examination of the multitudinous radical movements which emerged around the time of the English Civil War, which I picked up in my local Oxfam bookshop.

9. One book you have been meaning to read.

Tolstoy's War and Peace. My dad got a copy years back and passed it on to me once he'd finished it. I've been meaning to get around to reading it for something like five-years, but haven't yet managed to pluck up the courage. I did once start, but I didn't get beyond the first page.

It's customary at this juncture to "tag" further victims bloggers who are then expected to propagate the meme in a fashion evocative of a nominally intellectual chain-letter. Not one to buck the trend, I nominate Alex, Job, Nella, Pacian and Pranjal.

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