During pre-holiday fever, I noticed a tendency of increased panic created while packing. How many books do you take with you on vacation and what happens if you read them all? I also read about some husbands who allows to take 5 books due to luggage restrictions and you stuff an extra 5 books in a child's suitcase. Panic is really big here and it doesn't help that you take your kindle with you as we know that nothing can replace reading a proper paper book.
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.