Books Worth Reading
River at the Center of the World - The history and geography of the Yangtze, punctuated with Winchester’s personal anecdotes about China.
From a family's initial wealth pre-Trujillo to the complicated alienation the lead character (Oscar) feels within the Dominican dispora, this novel was beautifully written, engaging and mesmerizing. I couldn’t put it down.
A profound and melancholy book about Ka, a poet from Istanbul who returns to Turkey after a decade of exile in Germany, Snow – like many of Pamuk’s novels – treads the tightrope between East and West in his native country with often disastrous, deadly consequences.
Published in 1979, this book remains relevant - and fascinating - today. Tackling commonalities within the lives of Godel, Escher and Bach, GEB examines the concepts of strange and infinite loops, symmetry and the power of the human brain. Interspersed within the mathematical equations, the puzzles and the prose are fictional dialogues between Achilles and the Tortoise. A dense and enlightening read.
'Readers' - Larochelle, France
The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom. Great book.