This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is: What, if any, memorable or special book have you ever gotten as a present? Birthday or otherwise. What made it so notable? The person who gave it? The book itself? The “gift aura?”
My most memorable gift of books was probably a couple years ago, when my parents found the one book I really wanted, The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin for Christmas. That might not seem extraordinary, except that:
• The book is known by many diverse titles.
• The book is 5 volumes long — 2,480 pages.
• I wanted a particular translation, I didn’t want just any old copy.
• The novel wasn’t actually finished (at least the final version is lost, if it was finished) by the original author. There have been several different people who have claimed that their edits are the authoritative ones, but that’s hard to say. But this person is given the credit of an author for the last two volumes.
• I know it was hard for them to find — my husband and my father were working together, trawling the web to find the various volumes, but yet remain in the same edition.
I still get this feeling of happy contentment deep in my being when I think about this gift.
So, what about you? What’s your most memorable book gift?