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Friday, 6 August 2010

Quiz Question (8): Two Book Titles

(1)What are the famous words that complete this piece and provide a book title?
No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know......

(2) In 1961 Leon Uris published Mila 18 and caused Simon & Schuster to change the name of a book they were about to publish because they thought that two books with '18' in the title in the same year was one too many.
What was the new title of the book, which became a best-seller, whose title has become a part of the English language?
The photograph might be a clue to one of the questions!
The answers have now been posted. Check and see if you were right!


Sir Tom Eagerly said...

Absolutely no bloody idea bazza. Are you feeling quite well old chap? Isn't this post a bit crap or is that just my hangover talking? Oh, wait a bit, is one of them Biggles Flies Again?

David said...

Dear bazza,
I would guess that the answer to your first question is "for whom the beel tolls, it tolls for thee" from the poem by John Donne, with "For whon the bell tolls" becoming the title of Ernest Hemingway's book about the Spanish civil war.
The second would probably be "Catch 22" by Joseph Heller.
If I have these right, bazza, you obviously have to make your questions harder!
With Very Best Wishes,

bazza said...

Sir Tom, you slay me! Thanks for looking in.

David: My problem with these quiz questions is pitching them at the right level. Either they are too hard and nobody knows or they are got correctly straightaway. You are quite right with both answers. Well done. No prize except the glory I'm afraid!

Kelly said...

I only got "Catch 22" right. :) One of my favorite books. Take care, Bazza.

bazza said...

Kelly, thanks for looking in. I'm just going to look at your 'last big post' for a while. Enjoy that cruise.
Catch 22 is much easier to say than catch 18 isn't it?

klahanie said...

Hi bazza,
Not much point me answering when it seems that, without giving anything away, that your esteemed correspondents have supplied responses already. Well, perhaps one exception.
So, I will wish you a happy weekend and cheerio for now.
Kind regards, Gary :-)

bazza said...

Gary: I would have believed you if you said you knew the answers!

Brand New Day said...

Oo-Oo! I got Catch 22 right! - without cheating, but only 'cos I was guessing book titles with numbers in them (could just have easily guessed "Fahrenheit 451"). Sir Tom, by your comments, I expect you are familiar with Sir Harry Flashman, one of my heros, but you know Biggles too??? Dear man, please tell me, are you spoken for?

bazza said...

Brand New Day: Hi, thanks for stopping by. I think I'll go back to making future quiz questions much harder! My guess is that Sir Tom will answer your enquiry with some cheeky remark. He kind of uses my blog as a home; he's a mystery man.

THE SNEE said...

Hi Bazza,
Your question indeed challenged my intellect, as well as my research techniques. Thank goodness for the literary prowess of others. I always learn something new when I swing by here, and I love that!

bazza said...

The Snee: I'm pleased you enjoy visiting here. Basically I'm learning as I go along as well. I pick something that interests me and then research it for my own pleasure; if others enjoy it that's a bonus!