(Ed. Note: For mysterious reasons unknown to you, citizens of the world are suddenly panicking because the time of the Apocalypse has indeed come. You have been offered a place in the official Bonjour, Cass! bunker, sponsored by the Bonjour, Cass! Book Apocalypse Protection Agency (BCBAPA™). In order to secure your spot, you are required to submit a form listing the ten books from your to-be-read list to bring with you. Today, ever-prepared Bookish Butch shares her Official Application.)
I have been giving this some thought. What would I bring to the bunker? Do I want comfort in what may be my last days, hours? No, I know those of us in the bunker will find a way to save the world. So I want challenges and stuff to keep the synapses firing.
This is what I have come up with:
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: I love Jane Austen but I don’t do gothic. This is the only Austen I have never read. In the Bunker, I would have no choice which would, perhaps, help me get through it.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: Again, same problem, brooding gothic, but with the end of the world looming…
The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky: I have attempted this mammoth sized novel three times. Twice in English and once in French because I was told the translation would be easier; no go. With nothing but time on my hands maybe I could learn to decipher Russian names.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville: One of the Great American novels. Some might even say THE Great American novel– as a lover of American Lit, I must.
Son Of The Circus by John Irving: Irving is one of my favourite contemporary authors. I have read everything he has written, all but Son Of The Circus. I have always been a little bit spooked by the circus–here is my chance to exorcize those demons.
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein: Who needs paragraphs and punctuation anyway?
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham: I have read ten or twelve of Maugham’s works. Novels, short stories, essays and some travel pieces. I have not read this work, his most popular novel. Weird.
Dracula by Bram Stoker: As much as I dislike gothic, vampires are even worse. Still, I figure all the critics can’t be wrong.
Nightwood by Djuna Barnes: A feminist classic, a queer classic. Must read list for years.
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: Again many attempts. I admire Ellison the man, the least I can do is read his masterpiece.
Most of these have been on my TBR for years and always seem to be put off until next year. The Apocalypse means there might not be a next year but…I’m hopeful.
- You’re given matches, playing cards, and gum drops. What will you create?
Um, very weird combo. How about, somebody sneaked in vodka and, we make flaming gum drop shots… while playing poker. Works for me!
- You can have either a flashlight or a blanket, but not both. Mark your choice:
Flashlight, I would rather read than be warm, besides , I never travel without a plaid flannel shirt, Butch Oblige.
- Which blogger would you like to bring with you?
I pick, Amy of Amy Reads, because she is young, smart and resilient and when we finish our books, she can tell me all about those great Nigerian books.
If you’d like to participate, write up your list and email it to me at bonjourcass @ gmail . com. You can check my post announcing the feature for further details. Be prepared for a follow-up email containing a few random (and odd) bonus questions regarding your stay in the bunker.