Around the World

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with all the stitching going on, my reading time had been rather limited lately.  nevertheless, i did manage to finish a few books, albeit at a slower pace.

first, works by a couple of german authors.
the crane by reiner zimnik and little king december by axel hacke.  the stories are simple but thought-provoking and equally worthwhile reads.  the illustrations are really great too– zimnik’s is his own; hacke’s is by michael sowa.

next, three works by gianni rodari, an italian author.
rodari’s humor is full of irony, but that straight and light-hearted; his characters are lively, fun and outrageously true-to-self.  he’s got me totally hooked!  i wonder if this is the italian sense of humor? or distinctly rodari? so far, i’ve read two short story collections– novelle fatte a macchina and tante storie per giocare.  the latter book is unique in that the stories come with three endings from which the reader can choose for himself.  my current read is also rodari– il romanzo di cipollino— already turning out to be a rollicking adventure.

looking back over all the books i read since the beginning of autumn, i realized that i’ve been choosing works by authors from a variety of countries.  and that brought an idea to mind, a challenge for myself–

around the world in 80 books.

it’ll be a conscious effort to select works by authors from as many different places as possible in order to expand my literary horizons, so to speak.  to prevent derailing, i’m keeping it flexible with no strict rules, no time limits.  just this simple goal.

制作が中心になっていたここ最近。
読書の時間がすっかり減っていたけれど、ペースが落ちても何冊か読むことができました。

まずはドイツの作家二人の作品。
ライナー・チムニクの『クレーン男』とアクセル・ハッケの『ちいさなちいさな王さま』。
どちらのお話も単純でありながら意味深く、色々と考えさせられました。
それにイラストも(チムニクのは本人が、ハッケのはミヒャエル・ゾーヴァが手掛けたもの)とてもすてきです。

続いてイタリアの作家、ジャンニ・ロダーリの作品たち。
ロダーリのユーモアはアイロニーに染まりながらもとてもストレートで軽やか。すっかりハマってしまいました。これは彼独特のユーモアなのか、それともイタリア風?
『猫とともに去りぬ』ユーモアいっぱいの短編集。
『羊飼いの指輪――ファンタジーの練習帳』同じく短編集だけれど、こちらは結末が三つあり、読者自身が好きなものを選ぶと言う面白い仕掛け。
『チポリーノの冒険』は読み始めたところだけど、これもまた楽しそう!

読書に励むことにしてから読んだものを振り返ってみると、国内外の作家さん様々だな、ということに気付きました。そこで新たな目標に挑戦してみることに。

80冊世界一周。

色々な国の作家の作品に触れることを心がけながら本をセレクトしていきたいと思います。ルールや期限を決めてしまうと、三日坊主になってしまうのであくまでもフレキシブルにね。

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4 thoughts on “Around the World

  1. An interesting way to look at the world. Have fun reading around the world.

  2. That’s a truly wonderful goal! Good luck!

  3. I love getting your e-mails with pictures of your beautiful stitchery, trips, and now a list of books. You are a delight and thank you for all your efforts. I am reading a good book, “Born to Crime” by Trevor Noah. Trevor’s true story of his childhood in South Africa. He is now a comedian in the U.S. Happy New Year to you.
    Nancye

  4. Erica C on said:

    Wow that is a fantastic idea! What fun choosing them all! How many languages do you speak/read?
    I wish you a happy, peaceful and successful 2017

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