If you could live in a novel's world, which one would it be?
Pick as many as you want.
Poems are ok!
Provocative question. I'll be thinking about it and see what I come up with.
Another great topic, Fulvia. But you forgot to tell us what novel's world(s) in which you would like to live.
I'll have to think on it and get back to you.
For me... Well, too many to list, but I'll make an effort to curb...
According to my mood, but not in this precise order
William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer's Night Dream"
Francis Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gasby" and "Tender is the Night"
Beryl Markham, "West with the Night"
Karen Blixen, "Out of Africa"
Italo Calvino, "The castle of the crossed destinies"
some poems by Christina Rossetti
Oscar Wilde, "The importance of being Earnest"
I'd love to take part in Mrs Dalloway party...
I told you, guys! Too many to list!
I may have to add some, later on LOL!
"Midsummer's Night Dream" would be wonderful...especially if I were Titania.
Probably, I am too much tired now, but the first idea came to my mind is the Ashdown Forest, with Winnie-the-Pooh and other characters of Alan Milne as the neighbours, and where the greatest trouble is just imaginary Heffalump
After several titles came up in my thinking about this, I realized all were books set in either the American South (where I grew up) or in the American Southwest (where I've lived since the mid l970s), so I think I'm just where I want to be.
I would like to attend a tea party and a ball in "Pride and Prejudice".
Miranda, it should be extremely pleasurable to recognize that you are in the right place in your life!
And what about the mad tea party from “Alice in Wonderland”? I feel my-self quite capable to replace Dormouse there!
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I think the Mad Hatter's tea party might give me a headache!
I am quite interested in the notion of madness (which is less subjective according to me than that one of normality) and it would be curious to see it at least once. I am quite introverted in real life and also can get sick from numerous and noisy party easily, but they were just in three before Alice arrival, so I would get that risk for the sake of a such experience
In anthropology, mental health, and lack of mental health, and the treatment of mental disturbs, are cultural categories, very far from being universal. A shamanic trance may be perceived as a mental illness, in Western world, so to speak. And this is very fascinating to me...
In Slavic culture too, the whacky people were usually considered as that ones who are closer to God that all others
This is an absolute no brainer, it would HAVE to be the Potterverse!! I cannot imagine how cool it would be to go to Hogwarts, play Quidditch and to just generally do magick!!
I am starting to understand you, Arline! I finished “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and the next book is unavailable in my library at the very moment – on a loan already. I didn’t expect from my-self such inpatient waiting as I feel about now %) This childish book generously gives a kind of relief to bear the reality, because of understanding that the magical world is also imperfect and there is a room for magic in everyday life. Kind of escapism, I know, but as it should be – very pleasurable escapism
Hahaha! I'm so glad you're FINALLY finding yourself liking the utterly charming appeal of Harry Potter and his cohorts, Valentina
I'm so glad that when I started reading the books, I had the first four in a box set which my partner bought me, as I don't think I could have lasted not reading each book one right after the other! [lol] So I give you much kudos for being patient enough to wait for the next book at the library. If it were me I'd just have to run out and buy it [lol] I hope now that you have started you will find yourself loving each book more and more!
Pleasurable escapism, isn't that what every good book should be?
Arline, you know, us – economists – are quite boring people because of our unavoidably adopted with the profession to some degree rational biasness %) I’m here temporarily and even struggling with impatience of waiting can’t allow me to buy the books which will not capable to carry with me later You know, the baggage restrictions are quite cruel this times and HPotteriana is quite heavy…
Aaah, my dear you need to get yourself an eBook! As much as I love my paper books, my eBook is wonderful for when I'm travelling (which I do frequently) it means I can have my favourite book on hand wherever I am in the world! It also means I don't have to miss out on the next installment of my favourite series, or the new book by my favourite authors They're quite inexpensive these days, and there are literally THOUSANDS of free books available!
You are right, Arline, but after all day long in front of my PC I’m literally indulging myself with a real book pages’ aroma and texture
I completely agree, Valentina, there are times when only a REAL paper book will do
Having an eBook or eReader is definitely a good thing to have, especially for travelling, they're so light and you can take your entire library with you!!
For me, it would definetly be Narnia! I love all 7 books and I love the world of Narnia. But I would want to live there before the Telmarines came (or maybe after Caspian). And I'd rather not live there during the 100 years of winter
And since there's not many humans in Narnia, I'd probably have to be something else, like a talking animal or a dryad or najad. And that would be great!
But I agree with Arline, Harry Potter's world would be great to live too
Laura, thanks for your reminder about «Narnia». I read it twice and was enchanted on different level. First time I read it as a child and was so jealous about such kind of experience and full of magic believes, that even tried to find a way there through my mom’s wardrobe with some kind of quite spiky fur coat in it Second time I reread it already in my teen age and was amused already by implicitly described in it idea of the life after life/heaven. I do not remember already anything precise about the world of Narnia, but I remember well a kind of good spirit I had after reading and it is already great after so many years and good books
I must confess I did not enjoy the Narnia books. I encountered them again as a teacher and did not care for them any more as an adult. I did teach The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, without my opinion, of course,...and my 5th graders were pretty evenly divided about liking it or not, both girls and boys. One child, a girl from a devoutly Christian home, saw the lion as a Christ-figure without prompting, and because of that, as well as enjoying fantasy, declared it her favorite book ever. Whatever my opinion about any book, if I introduce a child to a book about which they can feel that, I think I have been successful as a teacher.
Hello all. This is my first post with this group or any group for that matter and I'm really looking forward to new books and discussing my favs.
This is an interesting topic. I saw it some days ago and it's been rattling around since then. At first I couldn't think of any book I would want to live in except maybe Anne of Green Gables. I thought about Harry Potter but, as much as I loved the books, I wouldn't want to live there. I finally remembered reading Lost Horizons years ago and I would love to live in Shangri-La with it's peace and spirituality.
Thank you for such an interesting and thought provoking subject! It took time for me to work the idea through and it surprised me where I really wouldn't want to live even though I loved the book.
Nancy, thank you for an interesting post. We do get some thought-provoking comments pretty regularly in this group. I look forward to having you join in all our discussions. Welcome!
Thank you! I look forward to reading and joining discussions! I'm going to go check out the other posts now.
Miranda, I never thought before how it should be difficult to teach literature setting aside personal preferences and opinion! I can imagine, because teaching history of economic thought I caught my-self on this difficulty but only now I recognize how it should be difficult for teaching such subject as literature! My main complain about literature's teachers in my school time was that they almost all were biased because of ideological pressure in the USSR, but only know I realize that there exists another biasness...