The Mountains

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This is the first in an infrequent series of 7 Habitus readers challenges.

Now that winter is approaching, many of us in Colorado are planning on spending some time in the mountains in the coming months. Assume you are up in a mountain cabin when an unexpected blizzard sweeps through the area. You are snowed in for the next few days, possibly a week. You have plenty of provisions in the cabin, lots of fire wood and electrical power has not been lost, in short, survival is not an issue. Passing the time is.

List three books that you would hope you packed and had available during your week in the mountains.


Dear Ron,

Excellent, perfectly phrased question--much better than the desert island, as I shall soon relate.

Three books I hope I packed--

The Bible (poetry, short stories, revelation, and Jesus, what more could you ask for in a book)

Complete Shakespeare--I shouldn't have to say more than that.

It's the third one that's the killer, isn't it? So many, many choices--from Italo Calvino's "If on a Winter Night a Traveller. . ." to who knows what? But I think if it had to be one it's eeny, meeny, miney, mo--Bleak House by Charles Dickens--amusing, edifying, entertaining, and horrifying. In short, superb.




Good choices. I thought by limiting this to three choices it would make it more interesting.

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