Sunday, January 29, 2012

One Book to Rule Them All

Last night, the world ended.

In my dream, the few of us remaining would be Noah's Arking it on a starship, destination: unknown.

I was allowed to bring one book. And if I didn't choose fast enough, they'd leave me behind.

How in the hell was I supposed to choose???

This wasn't a standard desert island scenario. We were trying to preserve not only our own species and any others we could herd along with us, two-by-two, but also the world as we'd known it before it ended. Which "mirror for reality" would do? Which would speak to the enormity of what had been?

I woke up, hands outstretched and hovering above me, as if my fingers were still fumbling at the bookshelf.

Which book would you choose?

...After talking with writer friend Kai Sunday morning, we decided this scenario requires teamwork. We'd each pick different books so the Ark would have something of a library. Whew. Now I think I can choose: I'd pick Orson Scott Card's Xenocide

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  1. Oh gosh. That's tough. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. That way I could remember horses, humanity, cruelty, and kindness - green pastures and fast runs over open spaces. And it would be constant comfort food.

  2. Honestly, I'd bring my scriptures lol. XD

    But one fiction book, MISTBORN #1 FO SHIZ. I love that novel.

  3. Lord of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. Not just because I'm a huge fan though. It's a great book about struggle, the coming together of strangers for survival and the classic triumph of good over evil.

  4. My option would be "Gone with the wind". It's not the most representative book of the world :) but it's been my friend for over 25 years. Scarlett is my imaginary friend who inspires me constantly.

  5. Jaye, love it. Black Beauty--it seems exactly the book you'd choose, now I think about it.

    Charlie, yes, we'd need to find a way to get a copy of the scriptures on that boat. And Mistborn! Apart from exciting action--about learning to love and trust, about equality and freedom. Excellent. By the way, I loved it.

    Meghan, Great. LOTR had to be on the ship! Such an important book.

    Unikorna, Oh, I love it! Gone with the Wind IS representative too--of the human spirit, the good and bad in us, and of our stubborn longing for love, respect, freedom, our uneasy friendship with duty and desire. Great choice.

  6. Gosh, I just don't know. I could pick one book of MY shelf easily, but one book in general? No idea. That's a cruel choice to have to make.