Taking Tea in the Kasbah

As always, the clever readers of the kasbah answered last week’s question with panache and creativity. As it turned out, Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman each received an equal number of votes to narrate the lives of those kasbah readers who commented. Then there were the rebels – a couple of kasbah readers who didn’t want to choose one or the other so they opted for both men to narrate their life, citing a need for both the serious and the silly when discussing their lives. And no post in the kasbah would be complete without a brief mention of a certain classy British actor who received a vote without even trying.

If that’s not some serious talent, I don’t know what is.

I’ll admit, as I did in the comments, that I thought about tossing Benedict’s name in the ring as one of the choices for narrator, but I feared that the other person pitted against him wouldn’t get even one measly vote. So, in the interest of keeping things fair, I left him out of what could have been his finest victory.

You’re welcome, other person who was almost put in a no-win contest but then saved from what would have certainly been abject humiliation.

So, to recap, if a certain classy British actor were available to narrate my sometimes overly eventful, crazy life, I’d definitely choose him. If I were to be more of a purist and restrict myself to the two choices presented last week, I’d have to go with Jim Carrey. Why? It’s all about the voices and impersonations. Also, I’d bet he could do Morgan Freeman’s voice in a heartbeat if asked. It’s like getting two choices in one.

I daresay, you clever lot are rubbing off on me. Bravo.

And now, on to this week’s question:

Would you rather

save the library of Alexandria from burning

By Ambrose Dudley, (fl. 1920s) (The Bridgeman Art Library, Object 357910), via Wikimedia Commons

– OR –

know what happened to the lost ancient city of Atlantis?


What will it be, brave, bold readers? Will you daringly go back in time and save the historic library at Alexandria from burning and taking along with it some of the most ancient manuscripts of humankind? Or will you dive down to the murky depths of the ocean and discover, once and for all, what exactly happened to Atlantis? Muse, ponder, plot, and scheme. Then spill the beans on your answer. I always love to hear from you.

24 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Would You Rather Question: Alexandria or Atlantis?

  1. I choose Atlantis… there’s nothing like solving a good mystery! I know, I know, there’s all those books in the library — but I probably wouldn’t have been able to read them anyway. 😛

    • I know what you mean about solving a good mystery. What a thrill that would be. And given that my own TBR list is quite lengthy, adding in the books at Alexandria might push me over the edge of sanity because I’d want to read most of them. Or so I imagine. 🙂

  2. I have a fear of being underwater for any great length (childhood-give me some air-I’m drowning here people-experience!) which means I won’t lolly-gag while I’m down there, but yeah, I’m going with Atlantis. While the chance to save the library is definitely a temptation, Atlantis is too enormous a “?” to leave alone.

    • Ah, another vote for Atlantis. Bravo to you for setting aside your fear of being underwater to solve one of the greatest mysteries. I always suspected the kasbah readers to be an intrepid and adventurous lot. 🙂

  3. Library. Must save Library.
    Besides, I already know what happened to Atlantis since I watched all 5 seasons of Stargate Atlantis.

    • Well, if you know Atlantis’ true story, then it is noble of you to go forth and save the library. Be sure to save me a comfy spot inside it where I’ll hunker down for a few years to read to my heart’s content. Or until my eyes start to rebel and I’ll need stronger contacts. Whichever comes first.

  4. Save the library. The thought of losing books by burning causes me pain. Besides, just think of all the good Wednesday questions you could come up with using all those antique resources! (Just where do you get these, umm, questions, anyway?

    • Yes, the thought of books burning makes me a bit ill. And you make a GREAT point, Janice – I would be able to research a TON of Would You Rather questions at Alexandria instead of spending hours on google to get inspiration for more questions.

      • I have another friend who posts those type of questions, though maybe a bit weirder. I’ll send you a few. I’ll save the next one she sends and pass it on to you. I don’t know where she gets her questions either. I thought there must be some weird database somewhere.

        • I figured I wasn’t the only one to do these kinds of posts. Yes, please do send your friend’s posts on. I’m curious about her questions.

  5. I would have to save the library of knowledge that existed in Atlantis. If the stories are true. they we’d a very advanced race. Some if thaeir knowledge apparently made it to Alexandria. But there are several others who have offered to save that library.

    • Atlantis had a library of knowledge? This might be a game changer. I’d better get going on those scuba lessons. 😉

      • From what I’ve read from various sources, Atlantis was an advanced civilization. I assumed if we were going to find out what really happened we’d have to go back in time to before it’s destruction. While I was back there I thought I’d hustle their wealth of knowledge back in the time machine with me. Might take a few extra trips, but saving a library of knowledge is worth the effort.

        • Clever idea. I am in support of your adventure. Let me know when you return from your time travels. I’m sure you’ll have more than a few tales to tell. 😉

  6. I’m with Janice and Suzanne–save the Library of Alexandria! Besides doing the world a favor with all that saved knowledge, then I could go to Egypt and visit it 🙂

    • Ooh, yes, a trip to Egypt would be very cool. The very idea is bringing out my inner Indiana Jones. 🙂

  7. I’m very curious about what books were lost in the Alexandria burning, but I’m going with Atlantis.
    If there aren’t mermaids there, though, I’m going to be upset with my decision 🙂

    • I’d bet the mermaids are the ones keeping the secrets of Atlantis hidden from us. When you see them, take some photos to share with the rest of us.

  8. on ,
    Margaret said:

    I’m saving the Library (what do you expect from a Librarian?) But I reckon we might just find out about Atlantis from the records in Alexandria.

    • I like how you think, Margaret – getting the scoop on Atlantis by saving Alexandria. I would expect no different from a superhero librarian. 🙂

  9. on ,
    Brinda said:

    I have to pick Atlantis. It seems a bit selfish on my part, but I’ve always wanted to know the rest of the story on that one. I’ve even considered writing a story with Atlantis as the setting. It’s that fanciful part of me that loves Bigfoot, UFOs and the Bermuda Triangle.

    • No, choosing Atlantis is not selfish at all. I’m so with you on being curious about Bigfoot, UFO’s and, of course, Atlantis. We should form a secret society to conduct X-Files-like investigations on this stuff. Perhaps we could entice Scully and Mulder to join us.

  10. on ,
    Marcia said:

    Saving the Library is my pick. But I’ll be checking in with the Atlantis folks to see how that story proceeds.

    • If someone does discover the mysteries of Atlantis, I’ll be sure to tell ya. 🙂

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