Thank you, Douglas. I'm interpreting the brief to exclude both non-fiction and poetry, which would otherwise feature quite heavily. Here goes:
You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
Ice Road by Gillian Slovo. I haven't read it yet, but I haven't read Fahreheit 451 either so that seems kind of appropriate.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Not that I can recall (but I'm starting to forget stuff).
The last book you bought is
Love Me by Garrison Keillor
The last book you read:
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth. I finally finished it this morning, but it didn't work for me. This was particularly disappointing as I thought The Human Stain was magnificent.
What are you currently reading?
Nothing yet. It's either going to be Love Me (see above) or Elizabeth Costello by JM Coetzee.
Five books you would take to a deserted island:
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa – A book with virtually no human interaction
Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen – I got about a third of the way through this once, but despite the writing, I found it too cruel. I'm a bit more jaded now.
Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec – His uncle was a pioneer of the Yiddish short story and this would keep me on my toes.(It might have been his great uncle; I can't remember)
Don Quixote by Cervantes – It's about time
Collected stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer – Something familiar
Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?
Joseph Kynaston Reeves – Intrigued; I haven't read any of his favourite authors.
Jonathan Edelstein – Looking for influences; especially African ones.
Eric the Unread – but not, I suspect, the Unreading.