Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Book Adoption

Last Friday, while I waited to pick up my car for its usual service, I went to the local Borders bookshop for a quick browse and stumbled upon The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Since I have a few hours to kill, I decided to sit down and read the prologue of the book.

Don’t worry, I’m not here to write a book review. But one of Zafon’s inventions in the book has brought back some almost forgotten memories. In The Shadow of The Wind, there is a place called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the protagonist, a young boy, was taken to the Cemetery to adopt a book. The “adoption”, as my interpretation, is about the impact and effects a reader got from h/her first few reading experiences.

The adoption idea had inspired me to share with you some of my most treasured reading experiences.

Little Mermaid

I was only about four or five years old when I read of the story of Little Mermaid. One thing about the story which still haunt me was the agony Little Mermaid experienced after she was transformed into human being. Her feet were in tremendous pain whenever she walked.

The impression of Little Mermaid in pain was so strong to my, then, young mind, I have been associated it with “pins and needles” all these time!

The Mist of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

I grew up with King Arthur and His Knight and The Round Table. The story was so deeply ingrained in my mind that when I finished reading The Mist of Avalon, I was in major shock but yet extremely excited.

It was the first time I read of a story which was told in another Point of View. It completely changed my perception of the traditional King Arthur tale. This book had major influence on how I approached to my writing subjects.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

What more can I say? Mr. Darcy has been my dream man since I was a teenager.

Remembrance of Things Past: 1 by Marcel Proust

I read the set of books (3 of them in total) in one year’s time decades ago. So pardon me if I’m a bit hazy about the book.

I was head over heels to the French who could use up to 3 or 4 pages to describe a room. (I mean this as compliment). Since then, I haven’t found anyone who could do that!

Fellow creatives, I’d like to invite you to share with us some of your most treasured reading experiences in your blogs. It could be of books, drawing, movies or anything that has major impact / influence to your chosen art form.


Holly said...

One of my most treasured is a book written by Anya Seton, "Katharine" I have read that book countless times; one of the few that I have read over again.

The other is, Ken Follet's, "Pillars of The Earth." This book captivated me completely.

It is through these sorts of wonderfully detailed historical novels that I have learned and retained most of my history lessons.

I would let most of my other books move on to new owners, but those two would have to stay close to me.

When I was a child, my favorite book was, about a little gray cat named, Abner. I still have the book, "The Contented Little Pussy Cat." On the inside cover is a child's attempt to write her name, each letter a different color crayon. Pride of ownership starts young, doesn't it?

Nice post. Thanks for making me stop and consider those important works of writing!

Hybrid J said...

Hi Holly,

Wonderful choices of yours. Ken Follet is a riveting writer. I love the whimsical name of "The Contented Little Pussy Cat". It almost reminded me of "Pussy In the Boots". Thanks for sharing! :)

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WrightStuff said...

This is definitely worth some thought and a future blog post I think... Two books spring to mind, both about the horrors of war and conflict. Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres (the book is quite different to the film!) and Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. They are the kind of stories that slap you round the face with shock and bring to life the futility of the conflicts they write about and the everyday people that lived through such tormented times. I've always been a complete bookworm. Currently reading the Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson which is captivating! (Thanks for visiting my blog - do stop by again soon!)

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Thanks for dropping by. Nice tips on adsense. :)

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Hi WrightStuff,

Exceptional choice of yours! I'll be looking forward to read of your future post on books which have great influence on you. Thanks also for come by to drop me a note! :D