A rare meme response: book stuff

Mulier Fortis tagged me for a meme:

1) Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews?

Dream of the Red Chamber

2) If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be?

Galadriel, Superman, Aeneas for a cook out on the deck of the Sabine Farm

3) (Borrowing shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for a while, eventually you realise it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?

Um… Dream of the Red Chamber … ? 

4) Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?

Dream of the Red Chamber!

5) You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Advisor to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? (If you feel like you’d have to know the person, go ahead and personalise the VIP).

Dream of the Red Chamber because I don’t really want that job.

6) A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with?


7) A mischievous fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick?

Dream of… no really… The Roman Breviary … but wait… I already do that.

8) I know that the book blogging community, and its various challenges, have pushed my reading borders. What’s one bookish thing you ‘discovered’ from book blogging (maybe a new genre, or author, or new appreciation for cover art-anything)?

I don’t understand what "book blogging" is, unless it is simply blogging about books.  I guess it would be the way young people are more and more tending to prefer reading off of a screen than picking up a physical book.

9) That good fairy is back for one final visit. Now, she’s granting you your dream library! Describe it. Is everything leather bound? Is it full of first edition hardcovers? Pristine trade paperbacks? Perhaps a few favourite authors have inscribed their works? Go ahead-let your imagination run free.

I would settle for adequate room for the books I already have!  Really!  It’s a problem!

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  1. Brian Day says:

    10) Do you have a copy of Dream of the Red Chamber, and … why?

  2. J. Wong says:

    Father, I agree that reading this Chinese classic can be quite a task. Try watching one of the movie versions. The one with Ding Nung (??)and Lok Dai (??)is excellent(has English sub-titles).

  3. joe says:

    Dear Fr. Z.,

    Your instincts are dead-on, “book blogging” is precisely what you surmise: Blogging (pretty much exclusively) about books.


  4. T. Chan says:

    Dream of the Red Chamber


  5. Of course, Fr Z, for a sui iuris, sui generis book blog experience, you can drop in at the TRILOGY.

  6. Mac McLernon says:

    You intrigue me. What is this “Dream of the Red Chamber”? It must be really dire!!

  7. John Kusske says:

    Ha, all this talk of Dream of the Red Chamber, and I am just starting to try to read it again! Father, I keep on running into references and even real-life examples of just how important it is in Chinese culture to know that book, so you and I really have to at least see a movie version of it and become familiar with the characters. Chinese often ask one another which character they like the most, almost as a judge of the other person’s character. (So make your choice wisely!)

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