If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only read the books of one author, who would it be?
That is such a difficult question to answer. Like, come on, really? Geez, you’re not making this easy. Uhm … okay, I’m going with my gut here. For an author, I would have to say, Joseph Conrad (1857 – 1924). He wrote literary fiction: novels, novellas, and short stories. He had an adventurous life—refugee, merchant sailor, gun runner, captain, and lastly author—and infused his experiences into his stories. Remember, this was over a hundred years ago. I think he’s best known for his novella Heart of Darkness, which was the inspiration for the movie Apocalypse Now.
Okay, I’m breaking the rules here, because I want to pick a contemporary author too. This is even tougher, but I’ve got to go with Stephen King for three reasons. First, he’s written so many books, so I would have more to read. Second, he’s written a variety of genres—horror, sci-fi, dystopian, fantasy, and even memoir. That means I won’t get bored. Lastly, I grew up reading his books and watching his movies, so the nostalgia factor will help keep me sane on the island. But really, there are so many authors I’d like to spend the rest of my life with. Picking only two would be like being stuck with only two colors in which to view the world. Now with globalization and the Internet, it’s easy to find new and exciting voices. Some of the best work being written out there is by authors who’ve yet to make a splash, and maybe who never will. And when you find an author whose work speaks to you, read everything by him or her, devour those stories or books. Show your appreciation by posting reviews and ratings. Share your thoughts with family, friends, and your local library and bookstore.
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