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1. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Ok, I know, it's been done a quinzillion times but humour me...
You're on a desert island and you can have one book and one complete album of music (and before you ask, the music is played magically, not on mp3, or vinyl, or cd, or radio, or.......).
Don't forget these two luxuries are the only two you have, or ever will have as far as you know.
So, what would they be?

I think today my choice would be:
Music: Prefab Sprout's Steve McQueen Album
and my book - that's a toughie.... No, I got it, gone again.... No, maybe... no. how about.... no, that won't do either...
Ok here it goes...
Book: Timoleon Vietta Please come home by Dan Rhodes (it's a pity it's so short but he has to be one of the most wonderful writers in the world), hey it's my island and my choice!

What about you guys

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hmm.... Music would probably be Abbey Road. You can't really ever get bored of that.

As for the book, I think I'll go with Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything." First because it's Bill Bryson, and second because it's pretty big.

3. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1386 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I guess I will go for a book with tips on how to survive on a desert island. I think that might come in handy.

I think I will leave the music at home, because all the music you hear too often, will get annoying, besides I have enough music in my mind to sing myself (I am not a good singer, but on this island no-one will notice )

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5634 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

The book would 'The Happy Islands of Oceania' by Paul Theroux.
Music? Don't have a specific album to be honest and I don't want to listen to the same band/group/singer all day. Give me a mix of music of before 1990 and I will be fine

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I'd have to say for my book: "A Salty Piece Of Land" by Jimmy Buffett. It's not the most well-written piece of literature but it is about a small deserted Caribbean island with an abandoned lighthouse.

As for my musical choice, I'm along the lines of Rene and skip it. I have a ton of songs in my head and since the island is deserted, I can sing to my heart's content. If I have to have music - then the selections from one of the mixed tapes Beerman recorded for me when we first started dating.

6. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Preferred book: "How to Build a Raft. Fast."

7. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 769 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Book = "Long Walk To Freedom" Nelson Mandela

Music = "Exodus" Bob Marley And The Wailers

8. Posted by norian (Full Member 71 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

for the music i think i'd bring the first led zeppelin's lp (but, bwiian, you're right, bob is another excellent choice to get relax on a desert island..).
and i'd bring "Journey to the end of the night" (LF. CĂ©line) as book.

9. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Strange...
but every piece of music mentioned so far is in my collection. I'll have to work on the books though.
zaksame

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting zaksame

Strange...
but every piece of music mentioned so far is in my collection. I'll have to work on the books though.
zaksame

Uhm, Zaksame... I have a feeling that you don't have "Beerman's Greatest Hits" in your collection...
You'd have to have Alice Cooper, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Blondie, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Buffett, The Tubes, Joe Jackson, The Cars, The Clash, Ted Nugent and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

You don't even want to know who's in the "Isa's Greatest Hits" tapes I made for him!