Week 10: Books that I would bring if the world was going to be destroyed by aliens/cylons and we had to restart civilization as we know it. (ie: the basis of human knowledge and thought and civilization.)
Ah, what a way to end this meme. (Has it really been ten weeks of this?)
So, the world is going to be destroyed, is it? By aliens or cylons or a meteor crashing into us? Well, if the earth is destroyed, I’m going to assume that we’ll be heading out to space, and if so, then there is a book I would definitely be taking with me.
Plus, I could write for it. Oh, look at that — world’s destroyed, but I can still have job security.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker’s Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects. First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.
Thanks to the Guide, I’ll be well read on such subjects as the Babel fish; the dangers of Vogon poetry; the many uses of the towel; important slang; and the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.
However, there are other books that I’ll have to pack to help in contributing to the rebuilding of civilization.
Books to Pack:
– The Holy Bible
Jubilare’s bringing Mere Christianity, so I’ll just find her when I need that.
– John Milton’s Paradise Lost
– C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia, and ‘Till We Have Faces
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince
– Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are
Melpomene has this area covered, so I will not bother taking up space in my bag. However, I’m tempted to bring along The Communist Manifesto just to mix things up a bit.
– Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
– Gray’s Anatomy, 40th edition
I’m no doctor, but I’d feel a lot better knowing this book would still be in existence.
– Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Just good sense to have this around.
– The Oxford English Dictionary
Books for the Moral Compass:
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment
– Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter
– Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
– Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
– The Diary of Anne Frank
I’m going to need a bigger bag.
Surely someone else will bring along Shakespeare, Homer, and Rowling, correct? And if anyone dares to try and save Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey, we’ll leave them to the Vogons.
Of course, if they like that filth, they might be immune to Vogon poetry. What a horrifying thought.
Well, that’s it then for this meme. Thanks a heap, bloggers, it’s been fun. We should do this again. Maybe we can grab some lunch at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
So long, and thanks for all the fish.