One of the nicest social activities at our office is the book club. It is not
large, about 10-12 people, but very enjoyable. The rule is very simple: once a
month a book is selected (we take turns for that) to be read during the
following month and discussed at a meeting after work. Usually we meet at
Pynchon, an independent bookshop and café in the centre of Alicante. There, we
can have a room to ourselves, with the reasonable expectation that we consume
something so that the café gets some revenue out of us, a condition easily met.
Last night we discussed Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude,
a book that I have had on my bookshelf in both English and Danish for many
years but had never gotten around to reading, until now. I did like it very
much, although in contrast to some of my fellow readers I found it to be a
tragic tale, whereas some of the others found it humorous, at least in places.
So we had a very lively discussion and a very enjoyable couple of hours. Two
First, our traditional photo with the book of the month on the table. This
time, however, we had it in the four languages depicted: Greek, Danish, English
and the original Spanish:
María is originally from Costa Rica. She is the one who had selected the book,
and last night she explained to us that she recognised many aspects of the book
in her own life and background, given Costa Rica’s geographical and cultural
proximity to Colombia. She spoke with great passion and illustrated one of her
points by reading a short passage from the book:
A most enjoyable literary evening. In the coming month we will be reading a
novel called Purge by Finnish author Sofi Oksanen.
Слава Україні! Героям слава!
Themed Olympus Photo Exhibition: http://www.tope.nl/