I've been thinking of the right answer for this question all day!
If you were going off to war (or some other similarly horrific situation) and could only take one book with you, which literary book would you take and why?
My first thought was Lord of the Rings. I don't know that i could ever tire of reading it. But it is about war; maybe i wouldn't want to read about that if i had a similar situation around me? But the good guys win, and mostly go home, which would be a good hope to have. and it is fantasy, a complete world away from what i would be experiencing. and with all the appendices, maybe if i got tired of reading it i could teach myself elvish. so yeah, i am going to go with Lord of the Rings.
BTW, i can't figure out how to fix the color on the link, sorry it looks so goofy!