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.







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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.

  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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