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Mike Schilling

My answers seem to have implied that I'm depressed, so I'm Elie Wiesel's Night.

Now I'm really depressed.

Scott Edwards

Weird, I ended up as "Love in the Time of Cholera" with the description being -nothing- like me.

Karen

Hi, Siren! Nice to see you in new and unexpected locations!

I'm a huge fan of Dickens, and have read everything he wrote (including the collected Christmas stories), so in the choice between Little Dorrit and The Pickwick Papers my inclination is to say "both." But that's not what was asked, and I'm great at following instructions, so:

It depends on what you're in the mood for: melodrama or comedy. Pickwick plays as broad comedy, although it has the added attraction of serving as an inspiration for a club made up of the four March sisters in "Little Women" (the book, not the films). Dorrit goes for the heartstrings, and also teaches you more about debtors' prison than you were ever likely to want to know (but with the added attraction of human interest, knowing Dickens' father was so imprisoned). So, what's your pleasure? If you've just finished reading, say, The Old Curiosity Shop, then I'd say go with Pickwick, because it will serve as a nice palate cleanser. But if you're set to really dig in and plumb heavy social criticism, Dorrit's the one you want. He's angrier than usual in it, which I always find pretty interesting.

So, your call. Let us know what you choose!

Karen

Oh, and I'm "The Guns of August." "Though you're interested in war, what you really want to know is what causes war. You're out to expose imperialism, militarism, and nationalism for what they really are. Nevertheless, you're always living in the past and have a hard time dealing with what's going on today. You're also far more focused on Europe than anywhere else in the world. A fitting motto for you might be 'Guns do kill, but so can diplomats.'"

Which is pretty cool. But I get the sense that I was asked a different set of questions than the ones that led you, Lance, to be "Great Expectations." I was asked about history and whether my focus was domestic or global, for example. I'm not sure how you answer that and end up as a Dickens book.

Linkmeister

Oh, fer..."The Catcher in the Rye?" I thought Holden Caulfield was a whiny little jerk when I first read that book, and I haven't changed my opinion since.

Fie upon your quiz, I say. Fie!

Linkmeister

Hm. Karen, I wasn't asked about history at all. There must be random questions. One of mine was "is there a villain in your life?" (I answered no.)

Apostate

The Siren should read Pickwick.

(Another Dickens fan here who's read everything he ever wrote, including minor and early sketches -- which are terrific!)

In my opinion, if you're having trouble deciding what to read first, read the earlier work. It's neater. But as the choice is between Pickwick and Dorrit, I have a deeper reason: Dickens' women annoy me. And in Dorrit, the woman is a central character, making her all the more annoying (they're more tolerable in smaller doses).

I love Dickens, though. Love love love.

And Lance, Great Expectations was my first Dickens too -- at ten. Took me three weeks. Of course, my English was pretty halting way back then and the long words caused headaches.

julia

I have no idea why, but I'm Watership Down.

Pickwick, I think.

M.A. Peel

I'm Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. Meow.

Karen

Linkmeister, I think you get a different set of questions depending on how you answer early on. If you say you feel old, you get a lot of history questions. Sadly, I feel old.

Apostate

Speaking of long words, I'm the dictionary.

Apostate

Karen, I said I felt old, but only got asked about traveling a lot (which I'd like to, but since I get only two weeks vacation per year, I don't). So maybe lots of travel leads to history questions.

OutOfContext

Prufrock and Other Observations...I'll take that, I guess...

Christine

I'm Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried... haven't read it. Maybe I should.
Has anyone read it? Is it good?

K2

"The Great Gatsby" here. I think I'll have a cocktail and pine.

Melissa McEwan

I'm convinced that you're convinced that I'm convinced that you are a big dork. Or something.

Btw, I get Owen Meany when I don't feel old. When I do, I end up David Copperfield. We are both little Dickenses. Naturally.

Bluegrass Poet

Christine -- The Things They Carried is one of my all-time favorite novels, but not an easy one to read because, for me anyway, the emotional content is devastating. The prose is wonderful, very poetic. I rather envy you.

Sort of a cross between Catch 22 and The Sound and the Fury (stylistically).

I am also Prufrock -- and it's true that I grow old but I don't feel old and so that's the way I answered the question.

I read The Things They Carried aloud to my sons when they were teen-agers and Great Expectations when they were in middle school. My sons are long suffering.

I think I have to vote for Bleak House as my favorite Dickens because it has the best portraits of women. I fear I couldn't get through Pickwick.

Charles J. Sperling

I'd go for *Little Dorrit,* because of the Circumlocution Office and because papa, prunes and prism are such excellent words.

But, like Bluegrass Poet, I'd still pick *Bleak House* as his best -- even if "the best portraits of women" does include one of his worst, in the all-too-virtuous Esther Summerson. (I dare you to arrest me, Mr. Inspector Bucket.)

Exiled in New Jersey

The Sound and the Fury. It said something about me being a tortured and confused soul. Maybe if I had my second cup of coffee?

Jennifer

Exiled- I got The Sound and the Fury when feeling old. When not feeling old, I'm Watership Down.

Exiled in New Jersey

Well, Jennifer, the lst of this month I took on new health insurance, something called Medicare. I prefer Sound and Fury to Watership Down anyway, which makes me wonder just how many possibilites there are. I should have said that I liked England for then I might have been Jude Fawley instead of being one of the Compson boys.

Jennifer

Exiled- if I change my answer regarding the British Isles (either answer is appropriate depending on my mood, I'm Ulysses. Who knew!

Brian

I'm The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe. Wow -- first one of these silly quizzes that really worked.

(Well, there was the one that said I should hook up with Salma Hayek...)

drip

Love in the Time of Cholera, which I've read and loved, but don't understand what qualified me for it. I've got The Sound and Fury on my bedside table, but I haven't started it. Maybe I'll switch.The Things They Carried is brilliant and should be read by all. Above all, I am delighted that I didn't warrantUlysses. I would feel all the Irish guilt for not finishing it yet again.

Polonius19

It said I was One Hundred Years of Solitude. I don’t get that. Maybe I need to re-read it, but, for the moment, I don’t know. And when asked if I like Oprah Winfrey, I almost couldn’t be more ambivalent about the woman, I don’t dislike her, so I guess that I do like her, but I never watched her show and haven’t seen it even in passing for several years.

But all things being equal, I could do worse than being something written by Garcia Marquez...

travy

damn, i'm watership down. so wanted to be less than zero...

mds

Apparently, I'm The Mists of Avalon. Seriously, WTF? The Mists of Avalon?!? Did they somehow pick up on my streak of self-loathing? Because if I were a Marion Zimmer Bradley novel, I'd have to remainder myself.

Jill Bryant

I'm happy to say I'm Catch-22!

EireDuck

Thought you'd like to know that the sequel to this quiz, the Book Quiz II, was launched today. Enjoy!

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