For the record, ladies and gents, I have no reliable weekend internet. So here stand I, behind again.
Of all of these prompts, I have to say, this is the most difficult for me. Never have I thought “Aw, come on guys, that book was awesome! You are all cretinous philistines to deny it!” In some ways, I think this may be a reflection of my predisposition to capitulate. I tend to avoid strong opinions on anything that is not a matter of eternal life and death. This means that I find a way to agree with anything except heresy. Probably bad, but it makes me very pleasant and socially successful…
Anyway, I tried to cull answers from my colleagues and that was interesting. The Gardner said “Green Eggs and Ham!”. The Irishman contributed “Hop on Pop”. The Cheerful One saith “Ummmm….”. Quoth the Boss “That depends…”
Lotta help they turned out to be.
So what is this to be, then. Ah! I have it, the after lunch lightbulb!
I think that a very under rated book (due to being practically unknown) is the original
The Sound of Music
by the real Maria von Trapp.
Before the musical or the movie, there was this gentle autobiography. Mrs. von Trapp calmly tells the story of her wild youth, her conversion, attempts at convent life…all the love of the family she found. Her tale of escape across the alps and into america involves no less singing than the movie does. When they got to the US., they almost immediately began touring and concertizing to make money. They bought a hearse (!) and went about re-hearsing (no pun intended, but there is no other word) with the windows down.
The story of Maria learning English is adorable. One time, she was translating directly from German and instead of saying “Ah well, the spirit is willing but the body is weak”, she said “Ach, the ghost is willing but the meat is soft.”
As you see, entertaining. It is also a beautiful tribute to the calm clarity of Faith.