“If you take a book with you on a journey,...an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it...yes, books are like flypaper--memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”
from west with the night.
one of my top 10 books ever;
i own more than 1 copy and neither is hardback
and be still my heart if i happen across an old copy.
i've gifted it to friends
and i always buy myself another if i run across it.
cause you never know.
the first time i saw it was in a markdown bin,
and i'd just taken up with the ever-wonderful michael,
who was a pilot and a reader and in love with africa.
knew st. exupery plus he could rebuild a car's engine,
which i considered damn important -
i like me a man who can do stuff -
and he had me at i would ask you to draw me a sheep
way back when i was in art school.
he gave me the other st. exupery books to read,
the ones that weren't the little prince,
and i flew in his little beat up old plane,
and we read isak dinesen
and we watched out of africa,
and i was newly in love,
and you know that time,
when things click into place,
they really do,
the universe moves with you,
not against you,
and that's how i found west with the night,
the universe moving with me;
i don't think i'd've given it a 2nd glance otherwise.
i turned it over and on the back cover
hemingway was saying wonderful things about ms. markham,
and so i bought it and read it and loved it,
and then i read it out loud to the the ever-wonderful
and he loved it,
has it mostly memorized, in fact -
he, in fact,
is someone to be lost on a deserted island with,
he can quote you entire books
in case the trunk with all your reading material doesn't make it.
i think that's how they get you, these books.
i don't ignore the writing, the words, their stories, their magic,
but i include the stories on the outside of their pages,
the stories that lead you there and keep you.
the stories that bring you back again and again.
that's what this series will be about.
i'm not gonna tell you too awfully much about the books,
google will do that part better anyway.
i will tell you my part about the book i've chosen .
and i will leave with a line or two,
perhaps a paragraph.
this is first only because i already had the graphic.
"I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance. The cloud clears as you enter it. I have learned this, but like everyone, I learned it late."