To me the Literary Book Blog Hop is a great event. I read and post on mostly classics, short stories, Asian Fiction and what I see as literary novels.
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This week I was happy to see that the question of a week is one I had suggested!
Not long ago I read and posted on The Harp of Burma by Michio Takeyama, 1966. It is one of the very best novels about WWII, written from the point of view of a Japanese Buddhist who was drafted as a combat soldier. He had no idea how long he would be gone or if he would really ever return. He had room in his backpack for one book, so he took The Red and the Black by Stendhal. He carried it through the jungles of South Asia for 4 years. He said it helped keep him sane in the face of all the horrors he saw. This made me wonder what work of literary fiction I would take with me under similar circumstances."
If you were going off to war (or some other similarly horrific situation) and could only take one book with you, which book would you take and why?
Assuming I was taking a literary work, I think I would take Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. I realize this may seem an odd decision to almost all book bloggers. To me Gravity's Rainbow is an encyclopedia of a war torn civilization and a handbook to survival in a post apocalyptic world. I have been reading this book on and off for many years. It also serves as a puzzle to work on to keep my mind occupied and has many set pieces I can place in my mind. I know from my 1.5 years in the book blog world that this will seem like odd answer to most. . If I could take two books and wanted to take another book about surviving a war, I would take Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End.