And leave that single novel for posterity, what would it be?
I saw a question similar to this on Quora this morning and surprised myself by having an immediate reaction. Generally I freeze up with this kind of question, because of course it’s hopeless to choose just one book.
I’m not sure I would eventually decide to go with my very first, immediate answer, but here it is:
Immediate answer: Les Miserables.
After that of course I thought about this question a little more. It’s not like I read Les Mis more than once. I did read it, though — the unabridged version, too — which is a measure of how much I loved the play.
Second answer: classic novel I’ve read a lot more than once: The Count of Monte Cristo.
But I’m not sure. Maybe? I really love this book, but let me pause for a moment and reflect that I really prefer fantasy to all other genres. Once I say to myself, “Wouldn’t you rather pick a fantasy novel?” the answer is clear:
Third Answer: The Lord of the Rings.
I’m stopping with that one. That’s the one I’d probably choose, if it actually came to a choice.
How about you? Do you have an instant reaction, and does that choice outlast a five-minute pause for reflection?