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Pretty simple, marooned on a desert island you can choose 5 books to take with you. No anthologies or complete works of.

On the Road - Jack Kerouac
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Something Happened - Joseph Heller
Bodhichiyavaratara - Shantideva
Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night - H.H. the Dalai Lama
Meeting the Buddhas - Vessantara
Fundamentals of the Middle Way - Nagarjuna
Works of Cold Mountain - Han Shan


I guess the Bible is an anthology...hmmm

How to build a boat, by Will I. Float

How to survive, by I. M. Standed

Creating Electricity, by Sol R. Panel

Water Purification, by D. Sal Nate

What to do with spare time, by Sol I. Tare

Seriously, contemplating having the books with me when I get stranded, that is a tough one.... and even thinking about what they would be.

Would have to be something that developed new and deeper meanings with each read. Or something that would actually be extremely useful for survival...really tough question for me.
I'm worried that the books I choose are going to have a serious effect on the way my mind works, after having them as one of very few creative stimuli available to me in an isolated environment. With that in mind:

A Clockwork Orange
Stranger in a Strange Land
Notes from Underground
Farenheight 451
and finally a blank notebook for all of my raving and ranting (if I can't have a writing implement, that's even better. One step closer to madness. :))

Kindest Regards!

Great exercise!

For inspiration, the Fourth Book of Maccabees

For practicality, the first Foxfire book

For necessity, FM 21-76, Department of the Army Field Manual, "Survival"

For food identification, Peterson's Field Guide, "Edible Wild Plants"

For medical reasons, Peterson's Field Guide, "Medicinal Plants"

The last two may have to be adjusted depending where this "deserted island" is located.
Am I marooned on this island? Assuming I am:

1. A survival manual.

2. A book on celestial navigation.

3. A book on basic physics.

4. Some sort of intense poetry.

5. Something by Leonora Leet.

If I may go on a little tangent...
Vaj, what do Buddhists think of Herman Hesse's Siddhartha? I know it's a novel, not historical, but I love the ideas in it. Does it accurately depict Buddhist ideas or not so much?

1984 - George Orwell
The Glass Bead Game - Herman Hesse
Watchmen - Alan Moore
Haunter of the Dark and other stories - HP Lovecraft
Encyclopedia Brittanica - to help pass the time. :)
Namaste Sarah,

thank you for the post.

i've not read that book so i really cannot say if the book conveys actual Buddhist ideas or not. i've seen the movie, well bits of it at any rate, and i enjoyed it :)


Can it be a tropical island instead of a desert island? :D

1 - The best survival manual on the market.

2 - A book on creative writing.

3 - A 10,000 page note book. :p

4 - A book on creating paints from plants and minerals.

5 - A 10,000 page art / paint pad.