But please don't understand me wrong. I am not snobistic for having read that one. I read a lot, not just classic or modern literature. I read detectives, non-fiction, comics or children's books as well. As of this part of the journey I have started to list the books I have read. Firstly because I love lists (look at my website for loads of lists, including my favourite books), but also because while travelling it is, unfortunately, impossible to keep everything you read. So because I have to trade books in, give away books, or even leave them behind, with pain in my heart, I decided to list them.
Especially after the Olympics I have had plenty of time, so I did read a lot. A little list to tell you what I have read since I left the Netherlands at the end of August.
1. Mike Gayle - My legendary girlfriend
His first novel, though I had read his second one (Mr.Commitment) already in Mexico earlier this year. Funny.
2. Paul Strathern - Wittgenstein in 90 minutes
Short introduction about the famous philosopher. Found it cheap.
3. Sue Townsend - Adrian Mole, the cappuccino years
The latest in the series about Adrian, who started writing a diary at 13 3/4. He's turned 30 by now and his life is still as sad as it was 17 years ago.
4. More Viz crap jokes
Free with that month's copy of the Viz.
5. Irvine Welsh - Filth
6. Herman Hesse - Strange news from a strange star
I prefer to read Hesse in German, but bumped into this one. beggars can't be choosers. Short stories, some really good.
7. Paul Strathern - Descartes in 90 minutes
See number 2.
8. Norman Mailer - An American dream
I had heard of this book, possibly because of the title, but afterwards don't consider it the masterpiece it is sold for. Nice in between book.
9. Charles Jacoby - In search of Will Carling
Not a rugby book, but a travel story, and a funny one to go with that.
10. Carl Hiaasen - Lucky you
Only one more to go and I have read all of his books about the state of Florida and everything that is wrong with it.
11. Philippa Gregory - Perfectly correct
Girlie book, quick read. Thank you Allison for taking it out of one of your hotels in Margarita.
12. George Orwell - Homage to Catalonia
Recommended in A.I.'s monthly Dutch magazine. Worth a read if you're interested in history.
13. Enid Blython - Five on Kirrin Island again
I must have read them all as a child, translated though, as I obviously didn't speak any English then. Sort of deja vu.
14. Roald Dahl - The wonderful story of Henry Sugar
One of the best storytellers of all times. His first story is in this collection of tales.
15. Ed McBain - Con men
I must have read dozens by him as well; they were brilliant detectives on my way from college to home. They fitted exactly in the train journey then. That meant two a weekend, depending on the library having them available. Surprisingly I still find ones I haven't read.
16. Ariel Dorfman - Widows
The first re-read. I had read the Dutch translation. Brilliant book about his native Chile and it's troubles under Pinochet.
17. Christina Garcia - Dreaming in Cuban
Good debut, about the contradictions in a Cuban family, partially in New York, partially back home.
18. Dalia Rabinovich - Flora's suitcase
About a Jewish family in Colombia. South-American literature I'd say, though written in North America.
I have obviously started number 19 which I will finish before I continue my travels next week, then return to a book I had started in Venezuela in may, but haven't finished yet. I told you I wasn't exaggerating when I called myself an addict.