Usually, I don't remember the first sentence of the book despite the common opinion that it is very important for a book but this beginning with an African proverb is will stay with me forever.
Recently I have luck for reading books which despite being set in the XX century and in totally different places, yet I can relate to them that much that I dare to say that not much has changed in our society from the tale written by Betty Smith.
The Locust and the Bird by Hanan Al-Shaykh is the story of the writer's mother, a charismatic woman living her life as best she could in the 20th century in Beirut.
I read this book over the weekend and I am so much in need to discuss the whole idea of knowing the date of death and what would I do if I'd know mine.
There are two reasons why I am so happy I finally read Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. First is the fact that I live in Norway where legends about Thor or Odin are more present than in any other country. And second, because my kids are obsessed with all the superhero and who could be a better inspiration for Marvel story if not the world of gods from Asgard.