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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

LOST Book Club

Looking for a good read? Fan of LOST?

One of the things I love about LOST is how smart it is. Not only is the plot smart, there are a ton of references to history, historical figures, philosophy, philosophers, and literature.

ABC has done a very cool thing by listing the books that are mentioned, sighted, referenced, and that share the same name as an episode. A partial list is here below but, you should check out the site to get the whole list.

No promises of any hints or solved mysteries, but if you read everything in the book club you'd certainly be well read in some classic books.

Can't wait for the season premier! Wednesday, January 21st.

On the Road
Jack Kerouac
Episode #403, “The Economist”
The alias Ben uses in the episode, Dean Moriarty, is a character from On the Road.

The Invention of Morel
Adolfo Bioy Caseres
Episode #404, “Eggtown”
Sawyer is seen reading this book in the Barracks.

Philip K. Dick
Episode #404, “Eggtown”
Locke offers this book to Ben

Slaughterhouse Five
Kurt Vonnegut
Episode #405, “The Constant”
This episode bears some resemblance to the “unstuck in time” theme of the book.

Survivors of the Chancellor
Jules Verne
Episode #407, “Ji Yeon”
Regina is seen reading it

A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
Episode #301, “A Tale of Two Cities”
Obviously, the episode shares a title

Stephen King
Episode #301, “A Tale of Two Cities”
Members of the Others’ book club discuss the novel when 815 crashes.

Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck
Episode #304, “Every Man for Himself”
Sawyer reads the book in prison

A Brief History of Time
Stephen Hawking
Episode #307, “Not in Portland”
Aldo reads the book while guarding the building in which Karl is being held captive.

Laughter in the Dark
Vladmir Nabokov
Episode #308, “Flashes Before Your Eyes”
Charlie takes the book from Sawyer’s stash, Hurley later takes the book from Charlie and begins to read it.

Stranger in a Strange Land
Robert A. Heinlein
Episode #309, “Stranger in a Strange Land”
Obvious shared title of book and episode

The Fountainhead
Ayn Rand
Episode #312, “Par Avion”
Sawyer reads the book while noticeably missing Kate.

Evil Under the Sun
Agatha Christie
Episode #314, “Expose”
Sawyer is reading the book while interrupted by Nikki.

Jurassic Park
Michael Crichton
Episode #314, “Expose”
Nikki references the book as she debunks Paulo’s theory on the Monster by telling him “it’s not Jurassic Park, Paulo.”

Joseph Heller
Episode #317, “Catch-22”
Desmond finds Naomi’s Portugese edition of the book

The Oath
John Lescroart
Episode #320, “The Brig”
The book can be seen in Ben’s tent when he is talking to Locke.

Afro-Asian World: A Cultural Understanding
Edward Kolevzon
Episode, “The Man Behind the Curtain”
Seen on the shelves in the Dharma classroom of Ben’s flashback.

The Coalwood Way
Homer Hicklam
Episode, “The Man Behind the Curtain”
Seen on the shelves in the Dharma classroom of Ben’s flashback.

The Stone Leopard
Colin Forbes
Episode, “The Man Behind the Curtain”
Seen on the shelves in the Dharma classroom of Ben’s flashback.

Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll
Episode, “Through the Looking Glass”
Title of episode

Charles Perrault
Episode, “Adrift”
Sawyer calls Mr. Friendly, “Bluebeard.”

An ECG Workout: Exercises in Arrythmia Interpretation
Jane Huff
Episode, “Orientation”
On the Swan Station’s bookshelf

Dirty Work
Stuart Woods
Episode, “Orientation”
Seen in the Swan Station by Sawyer’s bed as he is recovering from the injuries caused as a result of the raft incident.

High Hand
Gary Phillips
Episode, “Orientation”
On the Swan Station’s bookshelf

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