Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lost In a Circle of Books...

I'm on my fourth or fifth reading of "The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss.  This book is in my top five favorite books of all time, ever.  This book led me to my #1 favorite book:
"The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories" by Bruno Schulz.  This book has no equal.  Do not die having NOT read this book.  It will change your life.  I weep all the way through it every time I read it because it is too much---too beautiful, too rich, too unique.  After reading one chapter, I realized that I looked at the world through new eyes.  (Also, knowing that Mr. Schulz was shot in the head at age 50 by a Nazi and that his magnum opus, "The Messiah" was lost just breaks my heart into a million pieces.)  But reading this book is like falling into a lake of color & words & otherness & mystery & magic.  It is like no other book on earth.  And then I read that Ms. Krauss is married to the writer, Jonathan Safran Foer, which led me to fetch my copy of:
"Tree of Codes" by Jonathan Safran Foer which is more a work of art than a simple book because he took "The Street of Crocodiles" and selectively cut out words to create a new book which is in itself a miracle and a wonder.  And then I read more books by Ms. Krauss and Mr. Foer. 
And that's what I've been up to.  And you? 



erin said...

oh, marion, you cause me a wild and untameable smile:))

i have been working too much and dreaming and nearly tearing my eyes out for want of whatever it is that pushes on our being from the inside out.

and i am very very sad that jack gilbert has died and so tonight i have been crying.


Kelly said...

I've only read the first of those you have mentioned here.

I'm still trying to clear off books from my TBR pile. I'm afraid I'll never live long enough to complete the task (especially since I still add to it, though I've been good in "not buying" this year)!

Marion said...

Erin, I know how you feel. I was sad to hear about Jack Gilbert's death, too. But as he'd been battling Dementia for over ten years, I'm sure it was a release for his friends and family. Love you!! xoxo

Kelly, I have many, many piles and I hope to die having many more new ones scattered about. LOL! xoxo