“In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro,”
writes Umberto Eco at the end of his foreword to The Name of the Rose. The latin phrase attributed to Thomas à Kempis reads in English:
Everywhere I have searched for peace and nowhere found it, except in a corner with a book.
Which pretty much sounds like the story of my life.
I try to write short posts on all books I read (or sometimes just plan to read). The yield so far is collected here. In particular, I have written on the following books:
- The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry
- The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
- The Lab by David Edwards
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- Nelson edited by Rob Davis & Woodrow Phoenix
- Plainsong by Kent Haruf
- Science Ink by Carl Zimmer
- The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
- The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
- The Art of Tidying Up by Ursus Wehrli
- The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
- The Tyranny of Science by Paul Feyerabend
And what’s even more important (even though it seems a bit funny writting it in a blog) … I pledge to read the printed word!
Image sources: Florian @ Trinity Hall Old Library, Cambridge, UK