My niece-in-law (is that a thing?), Katie, recently posed the following question:
You are standing in front of the world’s biggest library – in the midst of the coming of an apocalyptic end to the world.
You can save one book.
Which book you would save and why?
You have to prove that it is worth saving. Remember, it may be the only book humankind ever has left.
Include any quotes that help to substantiate your argument.
If you are a reader or a writer, you’ve likely pondered this conundrum at one point or another; I know I have. But this time I got to wondering what my answer is these days, and how it might have changed with the turning pages of my life. And how other people out there might answer differently. And why.
So, at the risk of doing Katie’s homework for her, I’d like to offer a slightly modified version of her query… Excluding:
- Sacred writings (e.g., the Bible, Koran, Torah, Tao Te Ching, Writings of Ellen White, Book of Mormon, or anything else that appears on Wikipedia’s very long list of religious texts.),
- and Reference Works (e.g., the dictionary, thesaurus, Compton’s 1973 Encyclopedia – Volume M),
- and Technical Manuals (really?)…
What book would you save? And why? The aforementioned exclusions notwithstanding, everything else – fiction, non-fiction, or anything in that grey area (like political biographies) – is fair game. And, like Katie, I’d love it if you could share a quote or two from your chosen volume to help substantiate your argument.
I’ll post the results, along with my own answer, later this week. I’m pretty excited to learn what everyone will be carrying out of that library.
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P.S. Just a note ~ I’ll be delaying publishing comments on this post until Save One Book, Part 2 is posted later this week: I’ll be using some of your comments in that post. Thanks!