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What book would you take into the trenches?

By February 17, 201111 Comments
Literary Blog Hop

This week’s literary blog hop from The Blue Bookcase is from Mel U at the Reading Life whose question is inspired by The Harp of Burma (on my to-read list).  Mel U asks, “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?”  If you’d like to participate in this blog hop, go to The Blue Bookcase and grab the button above and post.  All literary blogs are welcome.

So what book would help keep me sane in a horrific situation?  Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer helped me survive the horrific situation of writing a dissertation, but if we’re going with war-horrific rather than dissertation-horrific, I’d go with Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow.  This seems to be the answer to many blog hop questions for me.  I find this book incredibly comforting and soothing, like Neosporin for the soul.  Reading it feels like meditation, and it’s also a book I’d be happy to read over and over again.  Being from Kentucky and a small town like Port William, I would also feel like I’m carrying a bit of home and family with me.  It seems that for a horrific situation, you’d need the kind of book in which you could take up residence to escape what’s around you, and Jayber Crow is that place for me.

What about you?  What book would you take into the trenches?


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