About Book Around The Corner
“Books are the most amazing objects, aren’t they ?”
He looked puzzled, she realized, by the banality of this observation.
“I mean, because they’re lumpish objects, they have a physical existence, like we do. But any single book is the instantiation of a kind of Platonic form, the ideal, the creation of an author, which exists independent of the physical object. And here they sit on the shelf : the ideal’s latent until we pick it up and connect ourselves with the mind of a man or a woman who may be long dead. And, in the case of a novel, with a world that never actually existed”
The Good Life by Jay McInerney
This quote from Jay McInerney describes what can best happen when reading. Forgetting time and place, leaving this life to live another one. Be swallowed by another world or discover in someone else’s words our most intimate feelings and thoughts. This blog is about the books I read. I’m not a great reader or a “know-it-all” about literature. But I’ve always been fond of books and technology now provides a convenient way to share about it.
I’m French and I chose to write in English. Sorry for my French friends but I’m trying to expand my horizon beyond our frontiers. This also means that I don’t write in my native language. Sorry for my English-speaking friends, I’ll make mistakes. Hopefully they won’t hurt your eyes too much.
What do I read? Mostly literary fiction and crime fiction. I’m not interested in literary prizes, I don’t trust the way most of them are given. Why this blog? To share and discover would be the most important reasons.
Share what I read with others. Hopefully read comments from people who have read that book before.
Pause between two books and take time to think about it and try to find out why I liked or disliked this particular book.
Discover new authors and have new reading ideas.
What am I doing when I’m not reading, working or taking care of my family ?
Listening to music, mostly pop and rock. Taking piano lessons to be able to play something more than “The Beatles, really easy piano”. Going to the theatre, to the cinema or to art exhibitions Meeting friends. Rollerblading.
If you wish to contact me, leave a comment or email me at bookaroundthecornerATgmailDOTcom.