February is the fastest month of the year! When I decided to write this ‘food for thought’, related to the books I read in February, I realized the month had already passed. But now Mars came to compensate it with its 5 weeks!
In January I started the odyssey of reading the three novels that compose ‘1Q84’ of Haruki Murakami. In my opinion, this book is amazing. The japanese author has an endless imagination and creates great characters. After some weeks since I finished the 1400 pages, I still find myself during the day thinking about Tengo and Aomame.
In general, I don´t mix the reading of two or more books at the same time. However, because ‘1Q84’ it´s such a long and demanding book, I read some poetry!
I love poetry and I just understood something very interesting: contrary to a novel, I can read a poetry book again and again and again. I really like the fact that poem is like a living being: every time I read it I discover new ideas, I realize something new! (Does it happen to you?)
In fact, during the last months two poetry books occupied my bedside table: both are anthologies and dedicated to portuguese authors, Daniel Faria and António Ramos Rosa.
Daniel Faria surprised me because he wrote his poems so young and with such energy and sensibility. Ramos Rosa, by his side, became one of the biggest portuguese poets and his work is constantly a process of creation and a reflection.
I’m not sure if their books are translated into english but both authors are a good reason for you to learn portuguese. Specialy if you like poetry! Portugal is a country of poets.
Finally, last weekend I started a new book. It´s called ‘Corrections’ and is signed by the american author Jonathan Franzen, the same who wrote ‘Purity’, one of the best books I read last year.
I just started ‘Corrections’ and so far what I like the most is the diversity of characters – a couple and their kids -, whose lives are traced in a 50 years period, until the 2000’s.
Just like in ‘Purity’, in this novel Franzen shows his thoughts about nowadays’ societies and the family values. It’s been challenging but a truly interesting novel to follow and I would recommend it to everyone.