Thursday, August 04, 2011

Rescue Mission

I've noticed a somewhat reoccurring theme, if you will, in apocalyptic movies/television shows (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and more recently Falling Skies) to "save" or "preserve" literature deemed great for future generations. So tell me, what book would you choose to preserve for a future generation that has never heard, let alone read, the literary classics?

6 comments:

Heather said...

I wouldn't call it literature, but it is the book I re-read the most - Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I love that book more than cookies.

Lexi said...

Oh, this is tough. I can't choose. Seriously. I know I should probably pick something elucidating and deep. Something really meaningful. But the first book that pops to mind is THE HOBBIT. I discovered that book in the 7th grade and it was magical. Silly, I know, but it really had an impact on me for some reason.

Fred Arceneaux said...

I can't mention just one book. I'm a great fan of the classics that tell you the true nature of the times and places that the author knew best. Two such classics are Dicken's, Oliver Twist and Twain's, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. These books aren't corrupted by political correctness. The scenes and the language are true to the era.

Carla Swafford said...

Any true romance novel. It's so important for future generations to know that we were always romantic and lusty.

Louisa Cornell said...

Just one? That is a task beyond the capabilities of a bookaholic like myself!

Literature :

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Romance :

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

Cari Hislop said...

I'm one of those people who get upset just reading about ancient libraries that were burnt down or sacked by marauding hoards of book haters so I would have to say I hope every book ever written is somehow preserved (even the rubbish ones) because who knows what will prove valuable to someone five hundred years from now.

If I had to be specific, I hope my diaries somehow survive to make future people laugh. Imagine how weird it would be if the only written record to survive a world calamity was your diary...in my case people would read...day such and such...I don't feel well today...nothing much happened, but I read this great book called such and such... That might make an interesting novel actually...not my boring diary, but some poor group of people in the future only having a diary of some boring nutter tying them with the past...and how they build their lives based on the diary... OK maybe I need to go get some work done before I scare myself.