27 July 2006

Elizaphanian: Ten books that have influenced me

Elizaphanian: Ten books that have influenced me has an interesting list of books, well, two lists actually, but the one is linked to the other.

The second list, Elizaphanian: One book, got me thinking about what my books would be, so here is mine.

As you can see, I wasn't able to answer all the questions, but left them in case anyone else wants to have a go.

One book
1. One book that changed your life:
For the life of the world, Alexander Schmemann

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
The place of the lion, Charles Williams

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
Don't die in the bundu

4. One book that made you laugh:
At bay in Gear Street, Michael Frayn

5. One book that made you cry:

6. One book that you wish had been written:

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
Duncton Stone, William Horwood

8. One book you’re currently reading:
The master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:


Sam Charles Norton said...

The 'one book' meme originally came from Ben Myers at Faith and Theology, I should have made that clear.

I'm interested to know what you make of Bulgakov. Fascinating book.

Steve Hayes said...

Bulgakov... well, yes.

I saw the book in a shop and bought it because I recalled reading about him somewhere when i was reading all kinds of stuff for my doctoral thesis, had never seen any of his books for sale before, so bought it because it was there.

On sober second thoughts, I think I was confusing him with his contemporary Mikhail Bakhtin.

But since I had bought the book, I thought I'd better read it, and it seems to be verbal Salvador Dali.

I may comment more when I've finished it.

Nathan said...

I read Master and Margarita in college as part of my Russian minor. I should re-read it now, because my main impression at the time was that it was the most singular book I'd ever read. I've literally never read another book like it. It was so odd I was more impressed with style than substance.

Place of the Lion is a good choice too, though I preferred "War in Heaven" by Williams.


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