Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana @thatartsyreadergirl. This week’s theme is Books I Bought Because…
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a freebie based around the topic of ‘Love’. Our household is definitely a bookish one, and as we don’t own a TV we spend a lot of our evenings reading on the couch. I therefore decided that for this week’s theme I would ask my boyfriend, Joe, ten bookish questions about the books and characters that he loves. This is what he came up with…
1. What is your favourite book?
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
“Although primarily an action-packed story of guerilla warfare during the Spanish Civil War, the love that Hemingway crafts between demolitions expert Robert Jordan and his young lover Maria is what marks this novel as my favourite book. Ernest’s brother Leicester summed up his writing better than I ever could, ‘So simple in style that even complex ideas can be understood, and meaning found by any man.'”
2. Who is your favourite writer?
“Ernest Hemingway – I love all of his work, and think everyone can enjoy his writing.”
3. What is your favourite book-to-film adaptation?
Submarine dir. Richard Ayoade (Original book by Joe Dunthorne)
“Ayoade does well to capture the unique personality of protagonist Oliver Tate. A great script (thanks to a fantastic source book) and an even better soundtrack (thanks to Alex Turner). Only Jason and the Argonauts (1963) tops Submarine on my list of favourite films.”
4. Who is your favourite character from a book?
Oliver Tate – Submarine
“What a funny little freak. Joe Dunthorne created a character that drew forth waves of nostalgia for my secondary school days. I identified a lot with Oliver when reading Submarine, regardless of the first sentence of this answer.”
5. What fictional world would you choose to live in?
“The world of Harry Potter, so long as I’m a wizard not a muggle. Drown me in butterbeer and I’ll fight for the emancipation of the elves.”
6. Which three fictional characters would you invite to a dinner party?
“Oliver Tate (Submarine – Joe Dunthorne), Moses Herzog (Herzog – Saul Bellow), and Gabriel Oak (Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy). Each is kind and intelligent, but I’d just love to see them argue.”
7. If you could be one character’s side kick, whose would you be?
The Time Traveller (The Time Machine – H. G. Wells)
“Although things got a bit ropey for him at times (and I’d have been less than useful in 802,701 AD), he saw some truly incredible things: the docile Eloi in their superficially idyllic society, the Earth’s final days under a dim red Sun, and his own smug look in the mirror upon returning to his 19th Century drawing room whilst his disbelieving colleagues looked on.”
8. What one book should everyone read?
Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
“A life-changing book for me. At a time when I was excited about very little, Meditations showed me the abyss of my outlook on life, shoved me over into it, and brought me out fresh and new and positive. Sincerely.”
9. What are you currently reading?
Life Against Death – Norman O. Brown.
“In this re-evaluation of Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis, Brown questions why, when born into a garden of earthly delights, man creates civilisations that repress his unconscious desires and ultimate quest for pleasure over pain. I expect this book will be invaluable in my pursuit of divine status, as it was for Jim Morrison.”
10. Choose a book by its cover!
A Book of American Martyrs – Joyce Carol Oates
“This cover caught my eye in the library, bringing forth visions of an epic, generation-spanning battle between two great American families (in the same sort of vein as East of Eden by John Steinbeck). I don’t know how accurate my initial judgement is, but I’m excited to read this book regardless.”
Thank you to Joe for helping me out with this week’s theme and joining in the bookish chat! What would you answer to any of these questions? And have you read any of the books that Joe mentions? Please chat with us in the comments below!