How is a person supposed to have a favourite book? That’s a little like asking me what is my favourite glass of water. They have all nourished me in different ways, and at different times.
I have :
a favourite genre (Speculative Fiction);
a favourite thriller (Dark Rivers of the Heart);
a favourite Sci-Fi Novel (Left Hand of Darkness); a favourite Fantasy Novel (Lord of the Rings);
a favourite romance novel (Jane Eyre) etc.
But one book? One novel above them all?
Not a chance!
Strangely enough there is no correlation between favourite authors and favourite books. I am a Stephen King fan, but his work does not appear on the list. I am a huge Jane Austen fan, but Bronte trumps her for favourite novel. I love Isaac Asimov, but an anthropologist (Le Guin) beats the scientist for best Sci-Fi novel.
What is my favourite novel?
If only it were that easy.
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