Thursday, February 17, 2011
The Literary Blog Hop February 17-20
I really love good questions, and Mel U of The Reading Life came up with a stupendous one for this week's Literary Blog Hop. To take part in the Literary Blog Hop, go visit The Blue Bookcase to read about the hop and sign up on the linky.
Here's Mel U's question: If you were going off to war (or some similarly horrific situation) and could only take one book with you, which literary book would you take and why?
This intriguing question arises out of the plot of The Harp of Burma by Michio Takeyama, in which the main character's one book is Stendhal's The Red and the Black.
I can't wait to read the responses to this question. This is a good one. I devoutly hope never to need to make this choice in real life, but it's interesting to think about. Should I bring Shakespeare's history plays, or the tragedies? What would offer solace, consolation, and maybe even advice? Whatever single volume I bring, it must be tremendous and contain worlds. Too much happiness wouldn't be good--it might seem cloying, or simply painful. But there should be some joy, some pain, some beauty, some ugliness. It must be a book I can reread many times. I believe I'll take Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. Then I might read it backwards, forwards, and from the middle. I hope Raskolnikov's madness doesn't infect me, but it's a risk I'll have to take.
Gentle readers, if you were facing war and horror, what one book would you be sure to bring?