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Book Meme

Carl tagged me with a Book Meme and, since he is one of my most frequent commenters, I cannot say No. Although I have done four book memes before. This one is different and much harder as it asks for just one book in each answer, so I tried to do that, although each question really has many answers. So here it is:

1) One book that changed your life?
“Ontogeny and Phylogeny” by S.J.Gould

2) One book you have read more than once?
“Origin of Species” by C.Darwin

3) One book you would want on a desert island?
“Boat-Building and Sailing for Dummies”

4) One book that made you laugh?
Collected Stories by Mark Twain

5) One book that made you cry?
“Éventail de Séville” by Paul-Jacques Bonzon

6) One book you wish had been written?
Shhhhhh…I am writing it, it is a secret!

7) One book you wish had never had been written?
“Naked Ape” by Desmond Morris

8) One book you are currently reading?
“Coming To Life” by Christine Nusslein-Volhard

9) One book you have been meaning to read?
“Divine Right of Capital” by Marjorie Kelly

10) Now tag five people –
Bill Hooker
TNG of Neural Gourmet


  1. #1 Bill Hooker
    July 31, 2006

    I’ll happily do it, but you’ll have to wait a few days. I’m swamped at the moment (boss leaving next week, need to have grant proposal in some kind of order before he goes).

  2. #2 coturnix
    July 31, 2006

    No rush. Take your time.

  3. #3 coturnix
    July 31, 2006

    “Éventail de Séville” is supposed to be ventail de Sville or Eventail de Seville with accents on E and e. It means (I think)”A fan from Seville” (a fan as an object you wave to cool yourself when it is hot), but I read it as a kid a few times in Serbian translation. I could not find out if it was ever translated into English, although there was a 1968 movie made after it, and many of author’s books about Six Investigators etc. have been translated.

  4. #4 CFeagans
    August 1, 2006

    3) One book you would want on a desert island?
    “Boat-Building and Sailing for Dummies”

    Or: “1001 coconut projects with bonus recipes”

    But given that there’ll not be toilet paper, perhaps something with a lot of pages?

  5. #5 coturnix
    August 1, 2006

    A crate-full of bibles?

  6. #6 greensmile
    August 1, 2006

    Thanks a bunch Bora. I generally hate meme epidemics but since its you and since it is a meaningful topic…I’ll stop all thinking, reading or posting and dredge memory for books I actually finished that actually changed me…which is different from books that merely impressed me by agreeing with thoughts I already held.

  7. #7 tng
    August 1, 2006

    OK, this is difficult. You and Jenna took some of my best answers! Let me think a bit more.

  8. #8 Dendroica
    August 3, 2006

    Done. First and sixth were hardest.

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