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Lizzy Siddal

What Book are You?

Answer just 6 questions and match your character to a book here.

Remarkably prescient given my favourite novel of all time is Tolstoy's War and Peace.

You’re The Guns of August!
by Barbara Tuchman

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.”


So, what book are you?
Chibiabos83

I'm David Copperfield, apparently. The assertion that I've spent a lot of time in factories is incorrect, but I'm sure there are worse people to be.
lunababymoonchild

I'm Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.

Luna
Evie

Really annoying questions - the kind where I want to answer 'neither' the the options they give!  So all a bit arbitrary, since I could easily have answered differently, and may well go back and do just that.

My book is Watership Down - bloody typical - I get to be a book about talking animals!!!!!!  I don't like animals.

It did say I might be one of the greatest people of all time, though.
Evie

OK - I give up - I did the quiz again, got different questions (easier to answer, at least), and ended up with The Two Towers...

Talking animals or fantasy, take your pick... Shocked
Sarah_H



Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

You simply don't know what to believe, but you're willing to try anything once. Western values, Eastern values, hedonism and minimalism, you've spent some time in every camp. But you still don't have any idea what camp you belong in.

This makes you an individualist of the highest order, but also really lonely. It's time to chill out under a tree. And realize that at least you believe in ferries.


I'm sure they mean fairies, although.....
Chibiabos83

I feel quite lucky compared to some others - I did the test differently, taking a slightly different tack, and came out as To Kill a Mockingbird. My commiserations to you, E/V...
Chibiabos83

I tried it a third time and got Prufrock and Other Observations! I'm getting good at this...
Chibiabos83

I do actually wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled...
Chibiabos83

I've just reread The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock - what an astonishing poem. I wish I understood it. The kind of thing one could usefully spend quite a while memorising.

http://www.bartleby.com/198/1.html
Sandraseahorse

I got One Hundred Years of Solitude!  Is this some sort of hint?
bookfreak

We're twins, Lizzy, because I'm The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman as well.

What a load of cobblers!
Evie

Sandra, you may want to swap with Priscilla - though maybe 100 years is too much solitude even for her!   (See Desert Island Discs thread...)
Apple

I'm The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!
by Douglas Adams

"Considered by many to be one of the funniest people around, you are quite an entertainer. You've also travelled to the far reaches of what you deem possible, often confused and unsure of yourself. Life continues to jostle you around like a marble, but it's shown you so much of the world that you don't care. Wacky adventures continue to lie ahead. Your favorite number is 42."

I'm happy with that!
MikeAlx

I'm "Prufrock and Other Observations", apparently. So there are only 2^6 = 64 books that people can be? Hmmm....
TheRejectAmidHair

I've got one of my top favourites - Great Expectations:

Coming from humble beginnings, you have become pretty stuck-up in your later years. While hard work and dedication were the path you first walked on, a sudden fork brought you glory and fortune. Unfortunately, you have changed even more than your bottom line. You really should turn back to your old friends and at least respect your old life. Look out for haughty hotties.

Hmm... not too flattering, is it? I've become "stuck-up"? Now, what sort of pleb would say a thing like that?
Baron Morgan

I got Jurassic Park of all things.
miranda

Quote:
You're Loosely Based!
by Storey Clayton
While most people haven't heard of you, you're a really good and interesting person. Rather clever and witty, you crack a lot of jokes about the world around you. You do have a serious side, however, where your interest covers the homeless and the inequalities of society. You're good at bringing people together, but they keep asking you what your name means.


Hmmm....some of that is actually true!   Laughing

never heard of the book though!
Ann

I've missed the link. Where do I find the six questions?
lunababymoonchild

Ann wrote:
I've missed the link. Where do I find the six questions?
 

Right here, Ann (click on the red writing) : Which Book?

Luna
Ann

Found it - sorry, I was being stupid.

You're The Handmaid's Tale!
by Margaret Atwood
An outraged feminist, you have been oppressed and even silenced in your life, fueling your fury against the society as it stands. Your role has been strictly defined by society and you are almost certainly unsatisfied with it. You have some vague idea of how this has come to be, but insufficient power to stop it, let alone reverse the trend. And somehow you blame yourself for everything because people ask you to. Beware people renaming your nation a Republic.

I cannot see myself as this at all but I suppose I don't have a clear idea of who I am anyway Very Happy . An outraged femanist is definitely not me, however. I am inclined to blame myself for everything, though.
lunababymoonchild

Now, I did the quiz again, got the same set of questions which I answered truthfully (as I did the first time) and I got ..........Catch 22!

The blurb says : "Incredibly witty and funny, you have a taste for irony in all that you see. It seems that life has put you in perpetually untenable situations, and your sense of humor is all that gets you through them. These experiences have also made you an ardent pacifist, though you present your message with tongue sewn into cheek. You could coin a phrase that replaces the word "paradox" for millions of people."

Which is completely untrue, apart from the untenable situations.  Anybody who knows me in real life would positively laugh at the pacifist bit, I have to say.

Luna
Baron Morgan

Maybe the whole thing is a puff for Storey Clayton and Loosely Based?
Apple

I've just taken it again and answered it truthfully and got Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy again!
county_lady

This is me!
You're The Giver!
by Lois Lowry
While you grew up with a sheltered childhood, you're pretty sure everyone around you is even more sheltered. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, you were tapped on the shoulder and transported to the real world. This made you horrified by your prior upbringing and now you're tormented by how to reconcile these two lives. Ultimately, the struggle comes down to that old free will issue. Choose wisely.
Lizzy Siddal

bookfreak wrote:
We're twins, Lizzy, because I'm The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman as well.

What a load of cobblers!


And there I was, thinking we had loads in common!  Wink
Caro

I must say I don't see how the six questions I answered took them to this conclusion.  I don't think I'm very cold and heartless, though maybe a little self-centred.  Perhaps I shall do like Evie and try again.

And I don't know this book.

Cheers, Caro.


You're Compassion Fatigue!
by Susan Moeller
You used to care, but now it's just getting too difficult. You cared about the plight of people in lands near and far, but now the media has bombarded you with images of suffering to the point that you just don't have the energy to go on. You've become cold and heartless, as though you'd lived in New York City for a year or so. But you stand as a serious example to all others that they should turn off their TV sets and start caring again.
TheRejectAmidHair

I wouldn't worry about it Caro ... apparently, I've become pretty "stuck-up" in my "later years"! Which may indeed be true, but how they know I'm "stuck-up" - or even that I'm in my "later years" - is anyone's guess!
Evie

Caro, I think the other thing to remember is that it is a load of bunkum!

Though I am holding onto the fact that I might be one of the greatest people who ever lived...it comforts me in my fragile moments, of which there are many...   Wink
Sarah_H

TheRejectAmidHair wrote:
I wouldn't worry about it Caro ... apparently, I've become pretty "stuck-up" in my "later years"! Which may indeed be true, but how they know I'm "stuck-up" - or even that I'm in my "later years" - is anyone's guess!


One of the drawbacks of immortality...stuck up in perpetuity.    Wink
mike js

Apparently I am The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I'm not sure what this means, but I see no reason to panic.
Simon The Sponge



If only I were really that optimistic
Marita

Quote:
You're Prufrock and Other Observations

Though you are very short and often overshadowed, your voice is poetic and lyrical. Dark and brooding, you see the world as a hopeless effort of people trying to impress other people. Though you make reference to almost everything, you've really heard enough about Michelangelo. You measure out your life with coffee spoons.



Well, there was no need to mention my size. Short? I'm 5 foot, that's not short, that is perfect.
Don't know what the last sentence is apart from twaddle.

Marita
TheRejectAmidHair

Marita wrote:
Don't know what the last sentence is apart from twaddle.


Twaddle!? That's not twaddle! That's TS-bleedin'-Eliot, that is!  Smile
Marita

The coffee-spoon line? Is it really? Must be better when seeing it in context then. Very Happy

Marita
TheRejectAmidHair

For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
 So how should I presume?

Here's the whole thing:


http://www.everypoet.com/Archive/...ove_song_of_j_alfred_prufrock.htm
Evie

As you thought, Marita - a lot better and a lot more meaningful in context!
Jen M

Hmmm, well, I'm The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  

You were just looking for some decent clothes when everything changed quite dramatically. For the better or for the worse, it is still hard to tell. Now it seems like winter will never end and you feel cursed. Soon there will be an epic struggle between two forces in your life and you are very concerned about a betrayal that could turn the balance. If this makes it sound like you're re-enacting Christian theological events, that may or may not be coincidence. When in doubt, put your trust in zoo animals.


I then tried the University quiz and I'm apparently Bowdoin College (where?)
"Though you say you thrive under the sun, you tend to actually prefer snow. Lots and lots of snow. You're a big Civil War buff, and like to imagine yourself having influence at that time of history. Known for being quite a cook, you've also been known to hit the bottle on more than one occasion. After all, there's not much else to do in all that snow. You love those December Coke commercials."
Civil War Buff???    Quite a cook?????   I do like Coke, but I ignore commercials.  Bizarre.
Marita

Quote:
As you thought, Marita - a lot better and a lot more meaningful in context!


It’s lovely and sad, disillusioned somehow. I have to read the whole thing some time.

Marita
TheRejectAmidHair

Oh, it's a lovely poem, Marita! I'd have been really chuffed if I'd come out as Prufrock in this quiz.

And you're right, of course - it is a desperately sad poem. It is a meditation on the apparent insignificance of our ordinary lives. But despite the ordinariness of of it all, there are throughout passages of haunting beauty. But this beauty all too often juxtaposed with passages that are deliberately banal, and the sense of bathos one frequently encounters creates a most curious effect. Just look at those few lines I quoted above: the bit about the "coffee spoons" is deliberately banal, but coming as it does within those lines of haunting beauty, it is somehow transformed.

Maybe we should talk about this poem next in the poetry section of this board!
Chibiabos83

If you have a spare ten minutes sometime, I can think of no better way to spend them than by reading that poem.
MikeAlx

Marita wrote:

Well, there was no need to mention my size. Short? I'm 5 foot, that's not short, that is perfect.
Don't know what the last sentence is apart from twaddle.

Marita


I'm Prufrock as well, Marita, but at 6 foot-ish I'm not really short. Short of cash - now that's a different matter!  Wink
Castorboy

I 'm the same as you county_lady. Hard to reconcile how you can have free will AND choose wisely! I thought life was about coping with all the difficulties. Must have another try and end up with a John Buchan novel!
Not_Smart_Just_Lucky

You have to roll up your trousers now, Marita

You're Love in the Time of Cholera!
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Like Odysseus in a work of Homer, you demonstrate undying loyalty by sleeping with as many people as you possibly can. But in your heart you never give consent! This creates a strange quandary of what love really means to you. On the one hand, you've loved the same person your whole life, but on the other, your actions barely speak to this fact. Whatever you do, stick to bottled water. The other stuff could get you killed.
Apple

Marita Wrote
Quote:
Quote:
You're Prufrock and Other Observations

Though you are very short and often overshadowed, your voice is poetic and lyrical. Dark and brooding, you see the world as a hopeless effort of people trying to impress other people. Though you make reference to almost everything, you've really heard enough about Michelangelo. You measure out your life with coffee spoons.



Well, there was no need to mention my size. Short? I'm 5 foot, that's not short, that is perfect.
Don't know what the last sentence is apart from twaddle.


Then

Himadri Wrote:  
Quote:
Twaddle!? That's not twaddle! That's TS-bleedin'-Eliot, that is!


My first thought was the Crash Test Dummies song:- Afternoons and coffee spoons!

What is it that makes me just a little bit queasy?
There's a breeze that makes my breathing not so easy
I've had my lungs checked out with X rays
I've smelled the hospital hallways

Someday I'll have a disappearing hairline
Someday I'll wear pyjamas in the daytime

Times when the day is like a play by Sartre
When it seems a bookburning's in perfect order -
I gave the doctor my description
I tried to stick to my prescriptions

Someday I'll have a disappearing hairline
Someday I'll wear pyjamas in the daytime

Afternoons will be measured out
Measured out, measured with
Coffeespoons and T.S. Eliot

Maybe if I could do a play-by-playback
I could change the test results that I will get back
I've watched the summer evenings pass by
I've heard the rattle in my bronchi ...

Someday I'll have a disappearing hairline
Someday I'll wear pyjamas in the daytime

Afternoons will be measured out
Measured out, measured with
Coffeespoons and T.S. Eliot
(2x)
TheRejectAmidHair

Thanks for that, Apple - it may (... or then again, it may not! ...  Very Happy ) come as a complete surprise to you that those lyrics are quite new to me!
Apple

They were a one hit wonder about 15 years or so years ago when they had a massive hit with "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" and then were never heard of again and "Afternoons and Coffeespoons" was another song on the album called "God Shuffled his feet" (which I bought at the time obviously!)

Here (hopefully) is a link to the song itself:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=j53VGZnW4fU
Not_Smart_Just_Lucky

It's catchy, but I don't really like the lead singer's voice.
iwishiwas

I also got To Kill A Mockingbird! Bizarre questions to come up with
"you are a revolutionary and groundbreaking person, you have changed the minds of many people"
Funny, I don't recognise myself.

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