Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Speaking of books...

The One Book Meme
Ben has started a new one book meme. Here is my contribution:

1. One book that changed your life:
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
Jorge Luis Borges, Labrynths.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
How to get off a desert island in three easy steps, or failing that,
Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics (finally, I'd have time to read it!).

4. One book that made you laugh:
Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.

5. One book that made you cry:
Antoine de Saint Exupéry, The Little Prince.

6. One book that you wish had been written:
An ebook containing all the lost manuscripts from the library of Alexandria.

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, Left Behind.

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Augustine, Confessions.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Eberhardt Jüngel, God's Being Is in Becoming.

10. Now tag five people:
I've picked people from different areas of life/Sydney/the globe (though all of whom I know outside the blogosphere and so can be certain are actual people): Paget, Annette, Drew, Meredith, Rory, Rachel, MPJ, Mr Tim. I know that's eight, but I couldn't help myself. If you were still left off, better luck next time, but I couldn't be bothered adding more links.


Meredith said...

What fun! And what a way to waste the first part of the work day! Anyway, my list is here and I look forward to the others ☺

michael jensen said...

What is the Little Prince about? Is it meant to be deep - becuase when I read it it sounded like "the Alchemist" by Paulo Caelho and other New Age stuff.

So, I am meant to do the one book thing on my blog? OK!

byron smith said...

Thanks Meredith.

MPJ - I think it's a little like having to explain a joke... You either see the hat or the elephant/snake. Perhaps you're just a grown-up. :-(
So to explain the joke: it's about innocence and nostalgia, but also about human self-destruction and the imagining of other possibilities through simple kindness. I would have thought it's more humanism than new age. I still found it profoundly moving.

Though looking forward to yours!

Mister Tim said...

What fun. Very difficult to just choose one, and sometimes to choose any at all - particularly in the categories of a book that changed your life and one that you wish had never been written.

Anonymous said...

You know, a lot of people listed Left Behind as the book they wish hadn't been listed, but I'm sort of glad it was written.

You see, if it weren't for that series, I probably wouldn't have been introduced to the system of eschatology that thrashes it most, orthodox preterism. It was through preterism that I became acquainted to the wide world of biblical scholarship, and it's been happy sailing since then.

So yeah, I can understand why you wish it hadn't been written, but it's not totally bad. :)

byron smith said...

Thanks Rob - good point. I nearly skipped that question ( I understand why many people find it difficult). It is a strange thought - I value human creativity as a gift from God and there will always be good even in the worst abuses of this gift. Nevertheless, I still think that on average, the world would be a better place without LB. But praise God that he can use bad writing to generate good reflection!