Treasure Island Game

As we headed into the weekend, a post from A Great Book Study and Marian drew my attention to a little survey or game created by Classic Reader, called “Treasure Island”.The premise is that you are stuck on a Treasure Island for a year, marooned by a parasailing accident. On the island, however, are books to spend that year with! The books are made up of the following:

8 books you have read of your choice
1 books which you have never read before.
1 ‘the complete works of’.

So, what can I come up with?

1. Eight books of my choice
Reflections on the Psalms, C.S. Lewis.   This is a twofer: my favorite Jack and the Bible.

The Meditations, Marcus Aurelius. If anyone can make me feel better about being trapped on an island  by myself, it would be the lonely stoic.

Jayber Crow, Wendell Berry.     Jayber’s tale is one I constantly refresh myself with,  either in book or audiobook form.

40 Nights to Knowing the Sky, Fred Schaaf.   I assume this treasure island will be in a dark-sky site, giving me the opportunity to stargaze – something I can never really do now, since even in the country there are blasted orange-amber lights spoiling things.

Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Millennium Trilogy the Reeves-Stevens.  Probably my favorite bit of Treklit, even counting Destiny.

11/23/63, Stephen King. My favorite King novel, and an interesting mix of historical fiction, metaphysical creeps, and a beautiful love story.

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien.   Alone on an island, I suspect I would crave adventure,  a rich world to escape in, and a reminder of the good, true, and beautiful.

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.   I’ve loved this book since 2003,  but  I was torn, torn, torn between this and P.G. Wodehouse.  Wodehouse is funnier, more innocently joyful — but for years and years this book was the top of my “The house is burning and I can only grab one book” list, so I have to include it here for tradition’s sake. It was, prior to Wodehouse, the funniest one-volume set of stories I’d ever read.

My list of eight is very lowbrow compared to the others I’ve seen, but I figure — I’m an island by myself. I need to find what joys I can!

2. One book I’ve never read before

 The Shahnameh,  because it’s huuuuuuuuuuuuge. I’m hoping to read it this year across
several months, and had planned on kicking off on March 19 (the New Year celebration in Persian & broader Iranian culture),   but I’m also developing a Lent mini-series that it might conflict with, not to mention Read of England.

3. One “complete works of”
This one was the easiest, as I pick Isaac Asimov.  Asimov wrote hundreds of books, in a staggering variety of subjects. Mostly known for his science fiction, Asimov penned scores of science and history books, as well as books on various bits of literature, from Bible commentaries to poetry evaluation.   He also wrote mysteries a-plenty.  I’ve read almost all of his fiction, but his science essays are so great in number that I suspect I could build a nice shelter for myself just from them!

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8 Responses to Treasure Island Game

  1. Marian says:

    Aww I ALMOST put Wodehouse on my list (and I still need to read Dobie Gillis). 😀 Asimov…should’ve chosen him, too. I think my first priority on the island will be to find the other islands.

  2. Sharon Barrow Wilfong says:

    I think I would like to read the Persian novel because I’ve just been getting interested in literature from that country. And you’re smart. I would definitely want to pick an author who wrote hundreds of books. I think I would pick Georges Simenon.

    • I’ve been interested in encountering the Shahnameh for a few years now…it’s an epic history that’s part mythic, part real. As I understand its weight in Persian culture, it’s like the Illiad-Odyssey, corpus of Shakespeare, and Bible all in one…not that it’s a religious text, but it informs so many culture references and basically saved the Persian language from being overwhelmed by Arabic.

    • Oh, and I’m ashamed to say Simenon is a new name for me! Reading about him on wikipedia now..

  3. petehalewood says:

    Loved reading your list and thanks for sharing my blog post! Very interesting choices, and by no means does it matter what is considered low/high brow, this is your island, you should read what makes you happy! I haven’t read any Stephen King but he is one of the authors outside of the traditional ‘classics’ that I have considered reading. I did listen to the audiobook of On Writing and was fascinated by his thought process. I have seen a couple of film adaptations (Carrie, The Shining) but I know that doesn’t necessarily mean the books are the same. Apparently, 11/23/63 is King’s personal favourite amongst his own novels, so it’s definitely an intriguing one for me.

  4. great book study says:

    Glad to see you were able to make a list….
    You’ll probably be stuck on the island for longer than a year w/ Asimov’s collection.
    So I have a question…I almost purchased one of his sci fi books, but put it back. I’m really disinterested in sci fi. What would you suggest of his that may be interesting for someone who doesn’t care for that genre? However, I do like history.

    • Much longer than a year, I expect! Your question very nearly suggests its own answer. Are you familiar with his Foundation trilogy? It’s inspired by the fall of Rome, and the recovery of European civilization through religion, then merchants, then finally science. Alternatively, his short story “Nightfall” also has a mix of inspiration from SF and history, He later expanded it into a novel with Bob Silverberg. What SF book of his were you considering?

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