Mine is the cover of one of my all-time favorite books, "Bridge of Birds." It's an obscure little book ... one of trilogy ... by Barry Hughart. It's about a village in China. The children are put under an evil spell and it's up to a young man (Number Ten Ox) to find someone to break the spell before the children die. Help comes in the form of Master Li ... an ancient wise man who loves wine, women and danger ... he introduces himself like this: "My surname is Li and my personal name is Kao and there's a slight flaw in my character."
I want that on my tombstone.
I found the book in 1984 and have read it at least once a year since. It never fails to take my breath away, make me laugh out loud and shed a few tears at the end.
"May your villages remain ignorant of tax collectors, and may your sons be many and ugly and strong and willing workers, and may your daughters be few and beautiful and excellent providers of love gifts from eminent families that live very far away, and may your lives be blessed by the beauty that has touched mine."