Reading material

I wanted to bring a few books with me to Vietnam.  I didn’t know what the reading selection would be like here (turns out there’s plenty to choose from).  Of course, I couldn’t bring very many due to weight restrictions.  So, here’s what I brought:

The Quiet American …..of course!  I’ve read it before, but it seemed appropriate to bring it with me and re-read it here.  Besides, Graham Greene’s writing style is second to none.

The Reader …….I’d picked it up at a thrift store in Chico and hadn’t got around to reading it yet, so, why not.

Holidays on Ice ……… good friend Amanda gave it to me.  She knows I love David Sedaris and I figured I might need a good laugh now and then……thanks, ‘mander!

I also brought a few translation dictionaries and phrasebooks so I could make my way around without, say for example, intending to ask someone, “Where is the bathroom?” but in reality asking them, “Where do I go to prostitute myself?”… know, stuff like that.

And last, but by all means, not least, Canterbury Tales.  I’ve been wanting to re-read it for years.  I first read it somewhere around my early 30’s and fell in love with it.  So, here I am in bustling, modern-day Hanoi, construction going on everywhere, cars and motorbikes zooming by, honking, beeping and I’m sitting at breakfast, eating my morning bowl of bûn tôm with my mouth afire (because I added a tad too much chili paste to my bowl), and I’m reading a book about a few sojourners’ tales written in Medieval England seven centuries ago and………………………

……time warp……

One thought on “Reading material

  1. I was going to post here, but I feel maybe my response may be too personal. So check your email. I’ve had a glass of wine with Sarah. (wink wink). I miss the hell out of you. ❤


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