"And then they made a stew out of blanched chicory root and ostrich feet."
December 13, 2007 5:11 PM Subscribe
Please to recommend novels that could function as survival manuals.
I really like books that get extremely detailed about the practical minutiae of staying alive/fed/housed in various times and places.
Books like this include (I didn't say they were particularly good books.)
the Jean M. Auel Clan of the Cave Bear
novels, the Little House on the Prairie
children's books, and the YA novel Dogsong
I also, of course, like good writing and good characterization and good stories. But I'm mostly obsessed with long scenes about someone getting up and making breakfast.
Any era, any culture would be great. I'd love to read something, say, about women in WWII London making their rations work, or the nitty-gritty of life on the Silk Road. Or life as medieval Scottish merchants. Etc.
Basically, anything you've got, I'll devour gratefully.