Friday, October 7, 2011
Literary Blog Hop: Dinner with the Greats
The Literary Blog Hop is hosted by the ladies of The Blue Bookcase, and is open to blogs that primarily feature book reviews of literary fiction, classic literature, and general literary discussion.
This week's question comes from Mel u over at The Reading Life:
When I was in my early teens I read a book called Van Loon's Lives by Hendrick Willlem Van Loon. It was written in 1942 (Van Loon was a Newberry Winner for another work). I was maybe ten or so when I first read it and I was totally fascinated. The story line is that Von Loon and his good friend found a magic way to invite three famous literary figures from different eras for a Sunday Dinner. The book gives mini bios of the guests, explains the food the would have wanted and shows their dinner conversations. If you could invite any three literary figures from different eras to a Sunday Dinner who would they be? Magic takes care of the language issues.
First off, I just want to thank Mel for coming up with this question.
The first person who popped into my head was Jane Austen. I'm sure her sarcastic wit will liven up even the dreariest of dinners. There also other reasons why I want to invite her... For starters, I want to find out how she could have possibly come up with a fictional character like Mr. Darcy. She probably won't tell me, but I want to ask her why she never got married. Was it a personal choice or was it a case of unrequited love?
F. Scott Fitzgerald is the next person in my list. I love, love, love, love, love The Great Gatsby. That's already reason enough, but Fitzgerald actually seems fascinating, not to mention charming.
J.K. Rowling finishes this list. How can I not include the woman who brightened up my childhood? For more information on my obsession with Harry Potter, you can read this post. Aside from that, I can't wait to find out what she's working on at the moment. I don't care if it's a treatise on the diet of elephants. I would still be interested.
And that, my friends, are the three literary figures I would love to invite to Sunday Dinner. What about you? Who are the three literary figures you'd love to have dinner with?