Thursday, February 17, 2011

Literary Blog Hop: Feb 17-20

Welcome to this week's Literary Blog Hop hosted by The Blue Bookcase!

This blog hop is open to blogs that primarily feature book reviews of literary fiction, classic literature, and general literary discussion.

How do I know if my blog qualifies as "literary"? Literature has many definitions, but for our purposes your blog qualifies as "literary" if it focuses primarily on texts with aesthetic merit. In other words, texts that show quality not only in narrative but also in the effect of their language and structure. YA literature may fit into this category, but if your blog focuses primarily on non-literary YA, fantasy, romance, paranormal romance, or chick lit, you may prefer to join the blog hop at Crazy-for-books that is open to book blogs of all kinds.

Instructions for entering the Literary Blog Hop:

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Literary Blog Hop

2. Answer the following prompt on your blog.

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Mel u from The Reading Life says:

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 literary book would you take and why?

Our answer this week comes from Ingrid:

If I were to only have one book to get me through tough times, it would definitely be War and Peace. (Remember my post on it? Just had to put that in here.) Tolstoy's characters are so endearing to me ... Pierre, Andrei, Natasha, Nikolai, Andrei's crazy dad ... I love them all. Each of these characters have to face incredibly tough situations, and I love seeing how they evolve because of it. Because really, life is hard and horrible things happen to everyone. I love the way Tolstoy explores disenchantment and all the contingencies of life. Hands down War and Peace will always be the book I go through to get me through difficult times.

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