Friday, February 12, 2010

Trivial Pursuit for Book-Lovers

Children's: What classic fantasy sends Elmer Elevator to rescue a captive baby dragon from Wild Island?

Classics: What Edith Wharton novella was inspired by an 1884 sledding accident in her adopted hometown of Lenox, Massachusetts?

Non-Fiction: What Tinseltown talent manager noted in his book Where Did I Go Right? "My wink is binding"?

Book Club: What real-life military man takes a slow boat down the Magdalena River in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's The General in His Labyrinth?

Authors: What Oxford Don insisted on calling his university by the Elvish name Taruithorn?

Book Bag: What writer filled his 2003 collection Lone Wolves with stories featuring his stock characters Garth, Veil and the Priest?


Harriet said...

Children's: I don't know, but there's a Shonen Knife song called "Elmer Elevator."

Classics: Ethan Frome

Non-Fiction: Don't know

Book Club: Bolivar

(Uncategorized 1): I'm not sure, but I'd have to guess Tolkien.

(Uncategorized 2): Don't know

A very tough one this week!

Jeanne said...

It is tough, although it's going to acquaint you with a classic of Children's literature. Also sorry I left off two categories; I just typed them in.

Karen said...

Ethan Frome and Tolkien were the only ones I knew.

Unknown said...

Children's: My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

The only others I knew have been answered.

Harriet said...

I've heard of those books, but I'm pretty sure I never read them, although it seems surprising, because they are totally the kind of thing I would have picked up as a child. The Shonen Knife song has something about a dragonfly, but not an actual dragon. Huh.

Care said...

What a coincidence - I was supposed to visit Lenox today but the trip got canceled. I don't know any of these...

Anonymous said...

Children's: My Father's dragon! What a great book -- lots of tangerines.

Classics: Ethan Frome -- yikes. a very sad book.

Book Club: Bolivar

Author's: It must be Tolkein

Book Bag: No idea --

Anonymous said...

Harriet -- the dragon can fly -- maybe that's the connection?

lemming said...

Ethan Frome is one of a very few "required reading" texts that still stands up for me as amazing. Could be my Berkshire influence...

Jeanne said...

And the answers:
Childrens: My Father's Dragon
Classics: Ethan Frome
Non-Fiction: Bernie Brillstein
Book Club: Simon Bolivar
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien
Book Bag: George Chesbro

My Father's Dragon was a favorite at my house some years ago. As ReadersGuide says, lots of tangerines! And some gum.