So here goes. Books that moulded me. I've made mine more contemporary, since I've only really picked up reading again in recent years.
One Book That Changed My Life?
I’d be hard pressed to pin point any one book. But Portraits by Cynthia Freeman, was the one book, in whose pages, I saw myself most clearly. And the protagonist became an author. How was I to know at the time, that I would end up traversing the same path?
For me, at the age of sixteen, it was the ultimate tale of hope, courage and victory.
I know I'm breaking the rules by venturing a second book, but another one that really touched me and gave me hope in the concept of eternal love, love that transcends all boundaries, was Spring Imperial by Evelyn Hart. I must have been no older than fourteen when I lost myself in the pages of that tome (I remember it being really thick).And now, thanks to Susan, I've hunted it down. And I'll probably buy another copy, since the one I bought then - with the earnings from a school holiday job - was borrowed by a friend and never returned. Don't you hate it when that happens?
One Book I Have Read More Then Once:
Easy enough. Khaled Husseini’s Kite Runner. But I have the habit lately of doing this with just about every book. When they arrive, protectively cradled in layers of corrugated board, I tear them open. The nights fade with me lost in the pages of whatever it was that took my fancy. Within a day or two, I’ve devoured every page, with the hunger of someone being fed after an eon. And then I start all over again. Slower, savouring the little nuances, the turns of phrase, delighting in the way the words combine to create a heavenly music. Kite Runner created an incomparable orchestra that spoke of myriad emotions, complex, interwoven. Wondrous.
One Book I Would Want On A Deserted Island:
Hmm, a tough one. Does this mean that I wouldn’t get any more? It would have to be something exciting, something that draws you in totally. I know! The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella. And being on a deserted island would mean that I would yearn for delicious home cooked meals, what with only fruit, berries, and nuts to sustain me.
So yes, The Wedding Officer, with its delicious Fettuccine al Lemone; burrata wrapped in asphodel leaves; gorgeous, passionate Italian woman and ‘bursting-out’ Englishman. I wouldn’t miss human company with Livia and James, their Vesuvian affair played out against the backdrop of the smoldering Mt Vesuvius.
One Book That Made Me Cry:
I can’t remember having a really good tjank over any book, save Kite Runner. But I’ve used him already. So I’ll have to keep reading to fill in this space.
One Book That Made Me Laugh:
I don’t read funny books. There, I said it. And I must remedy that. Susan’s suggestion sounded delicious. I’m going to work on that. But Wedding Officer had some really funny scenes. And I was laughing out loud ever so often.Also Young Wives, by, (I think) Olivia Goldsmith. Powa to the sistas, that one!
One Book I Wish Had Never Been Written:
That would have to be Devil’s Valley by Andre Brink. It was so terrible. But Lord of the Rings could come a close second. I couldn’t bear it.
One Book I Wish I Had Written :
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zaphon. A coming of age tale with turns of phrase that delighted me to no end. Stunning. Leaves lining the streets like silvery scales, nuns dragging their shadows like bridal veils. Gothic. But brilliant.
One Book You Are Currently Reading:
Guess what? I’m not reading anything right now. In preparation for Ramadaan, I have held off on the library, and ordering. I plan on going through the commentary of the Quraan this year, from one end to the other, along with the Arabic recitation. I didn’t want to be distracted by anything.
One Book You Have Been Meaning To Read:
That is one long list. The Food of Love is one. But before that I want to try ‘How to Kill your Husband and other Handy Household Hints’. But don’t tell Imraan I said that (grin).