I never realized how important reading was to me. I always have three or four books on the go at once. They are a useful source of entertainment and inspiration. Here is what I am reading at the moment.
Freedom is something that we strive for and often take for granted yet it is under threat as it never has been before. We have been lured into forms of control that we are, in large part, unaware of. In this book Martinez exposes the mechanisms of control that pervade our lives and the myths on which they depend. It is freedom that I seek. I best get started reading then!
Now here is a rare thing. I am reading a book of poetry and had no end of a job to find an image of it on the Internet. That is something that has never happened to me before. Eventually I borrowed one from Anne Witton’s blog. Anyway, I chose this from my second trip to the Northern Poetry Library. This is rapidly becoming one of my favourite haunts. Fiona Ritchie Walker lives locally and her poetry resonates strongly with me. She is another writer that leaves me hungry for more.
I suppose I should have started reading Jean-Paul Sartre’s trilogy in the right order but life doesn’t always work out that way. ‘Iron in the Soul’ is the third in his ‘The Road to Freedom’ trilogy and deals with the period in the Second World War just after the conquest of France by Germany. It draws upon the feelings of patriotism, heroism and futility the concern the group of friends caught up in the story. Two French books in a row for me, both dealing with the issue most close to my heart – personal freedom.
Books by Latin American authors have a flavour of their own. They seem to have an intensity fueled by fervent passions, mysticism and superstition. They tell tales of a world I have never experienced, often cruel yet always with twists and turns of the story line that ties me, as a reader, in knots. Having said that one of my favourite books must be Aunt Julia and the Script Writer by Mario Vargas Llosa. Although I am only a few pages into this work by Carlos Fuentes, I am already captivated by his writing. It is beautiful prose that leaves you wanting more.