A Love Story for the Ages (On Reading “In Other Words” by Jhumpa Lahiri)

Southern Sun Hotel, Sandton, Joburg (April 2016)

Southern Sun Hotel, Sandton, Joburg (April 2016)

“In this period of silence, of linguistic isolation, only a book can reassure me. Books are the best means – private, discreet, reliable – of overcoming reality. (Jhumpa Lahiri, In Other Words)

Before I got married I talked about books through Seriously Planning and my bookclub and during conversations with friends and my family over teatime and meals. I still do those things, but now book chats with my parents happen over Whatsapp and Skype and I shake my husband awake in the middle of the night to talk about what I’m feeling and experiencing through the written word.  These conversations are important to me because they help me understand what I’m reading and by extension, myself, better.  But even with these conversations, still, whenever I read a book I must tell you, my Seriously Planning friends, about it. I’m not sure why – but I can’t keep thoughts about books to myself, and the conversations we have and the reading experiences that emerge from this blog brings me so much joy. Sometimes I’m angry, sometimes I’m hopeful, but most recently as I’ve read “Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest book “In Other Words” I’ve been emotional and grateful.

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