Book title: The Big Nowhere (1988) by James Ellroy; Charlotte’s Web (1952) by
Elwyn Brooks White; a Sherlock Holmes book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Lindberg (1998) by A. Scott Berg; The Art of Fielding (2011) by Chad Harbach; Wonderstruck (2011) by Brian Selznick; Drums of Autumn (1996) by Diana Gabaldon
“I most emphatically would not mind
being stranded on a dessert island, but I’m afraid I couldn’t get by
with a single male ! Life being what it is, different human
beings are inclined toward different long suits and virtues charmes,
if you prefer in which they’re specialists. So if you don’t mind,
I’ll take the excursion with a dozen gentlemen, all tried and true. I
hope you won’t mind the fact that they all hail from Hollywood. Not
having met Toscanini, William Saroyan, Lucius Beebe, Sir Anthony
Eden, Hank Greenberg or Mahatma Ganhi, I’m not in a postion to judge
very well. Here they are :
GLENN FORD heads the list because he
knows how to make a fire with two sticks and that can be very
helpful, unless you’re fortunate enough to be stranded with a
flintrock or a cigarette lighter that works.
ROBERT TAYLOR is definitely an
ungetalongwithoutable. Palm trees and sand can become very
monotonous. Handsome Bob would provide some excellent scenery in his
BRIAN AHERNE is a must, if only because
he could read the Oxford Book of English Verse so beautifully. And
what’s an island or a romantic adventure, without poetry ?
CARY GRANT because he never takes
anything seriously. He would be the balance wheel fot this gay lark.
Neither flood nor famine would perturb him.
DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR., by all means.
Because he is consumed with the ambition to play Hamlet. What would
be a more logical setting for him to practice up ? For want of a
better subject, I would be his Ophelia.
CLARK GABLE rates a portfolio in this
unholy twelve because he is Clark Gable, which is recommendation
BING CROSBY – Imagine an island
interlude without Bing’s crooning ! I’d just as soon not be
stranded. Bing could come and name his own price.
JOHN CARROLL for his wonderful sense of
humour, his gift for making a lie seem truer than a multiplication
table, no matter how fantastic the tale. When he wasn’t spinning tall
tales he could be wrangling with the natives and conning them out of
GARY COOPER would be super. A wonderful
shot, he’d bag us wuld turkey. A level-headed citizen under pressure
he’d be our Rock of Ages.
GEORGE SANDERS – Worth his weight in
rubies. Sinister but nice, he would be on hand to keep the lady
conscious that life can be real, life can be earnest, as only such a
distinguished screen « wolf » can do. A little harmless
frightening would be okay.
W. C. FIELDS – Dead weight ?
Not on your life ! Mr. Field in motion is superb entertainment,
which is a must-needed commodity on any desert island.
EDWARD JUDSON – Because adventure is
exciting, romance is fascinating, glamour is soul-satisfying and
Edward Judson is my husband.”