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Some Books 2/2

August 15, 2009

Books

So you see how there are two photos above? And how on the right there a three books photographed on my desk and the one in the left photo is on it’s own? That’s what happens when someone moves your things in a hostel while you are sleeping and you don’t check the whole room before you leave because it’s 6am and you are rushing to the train station. Douche.

Smile When You’re Lying” by Chuck Thompson shows what can be described as the unpleasant side of travel. Not having been able to read the whole book I cannot vouch for it’s overall awesomeness. But if you pick it up I guarantee you wont be disappointed by the first half, I will certainly be buying it again to finish reading it. The problem with Europe, at least book wise, is that most countries don’t speak English and by association don’t read in it either.

This makes tracking down a good book in English, to replace the one you bought in England and forgot in Amsterdam, a challenging task. After visiting what seemed like a dozen bookstore, whose English sections were comprised of copies of Lipstick Jungle and Twilight, I had begun to accept a book-less future. One rainy evening in Berlin, while searching for what would turn out to be an amazing Thai restaurant, I walked down a staircase and into heaven. A bookstore with half of it devoted to this wonderful language called English. Dostoyevsky, Joyce, Bryson all waiting for a new home. That is how “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck ended up spending the final weeks of my journey by my side.

“East of Eden” revolves around love and the wide range of characters show the emotion from all angles. Like other Steinbeck books “East of Eden” is full of twists and turn, sometime ending well, but mostly resulting in tragedy. If you want a tale of adventure and a character study, this is it.

“It doesn’t matter that Cathy was what I have called a monster. Perhaps we can’t understand Cathy, but on the other hand we are capable of many things in all directions, of great virtues and great sins. And who in his mind has not probed the black water?”

John Steinbeck