Print books are in danger, or so we are being told. But, that’s not exactly true. Yes, digital publications or eBooks are on the rise but, in truth, print books will never go out of fashion. Our philosophies, scriptures and ancient knowledge are recorded in that format. Children all around the world spend plenty of time with print books as do adults. With the reduction in chain bookstores it may seem that books are on their way out, but, if you research the number of independent bookstores around the world you’ll see why books are here to stay.
As a writer, I love to read the work of others, not just to pick up on new ways of telling stories but also as a way to transcend myself. Yes, it sounds crazy, but, think about it. When you read a book, you are not just reading a collection of words, you are reading the thought processes of another human being. As you begin to care for the characters or plotline, you become part of that journey. You also take something from it, adding to your own life. That’s why people say that books can change nations. Like a movie or a piece of music, books have the ability to drag you in and kick you about a bit. The post image shows some of my favourites, ones that have shaped my perspective. I can’t praise Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple enough. As for Deepak Chopra’s Buddha, well it’s a miracle on paper. Chitra Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions is simply magical and The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran will blow your mind.
I’m reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. If you haven’t read it, you really should. It’s set in Afghanistan and tells the story of two friends, Amir and Hassan. I’m nearly half way through and all I can say is that it is full of surprises. More than that, each page evokes an unforgettable feeling. This is the mark of a brilliant author. You see, anyone can put words together in on a page, but there are those magicians who can conjure up images in your mind using as few words as possible. This is one such book. From what I’ve read so far, this is one such book. The naivety of the characters is just heart-warming. The protagonist and all his flaws really stands out, but it is little Hassan who tugs at the heart-strings. Can’t wait to read more.