Caledoniyya

The book won’t die

Image via mervynpeake.org

A Kindle was bought to cut down on luggage weight.

An iPad was bought to combine Kindle, pc, mp3 and dvd player – to cut down on luggage weight.

And yet.

The thought of travelling without a book, in a tangible form, leaves me cold.

On my last trip, to Romania, I took a GGK and it is lovely to see, feel the crinkled pages and bumpy spine, knowing it was shoved in my rucksack, read in cafes, lectures, planes and departure lounges.

Pages hide gallery and museum entry tickets, metro billets and crumbs from a long-forgotten cake.

In an older book, lemon tree leaves from Amman are crisply preserved after seven years.

For my forthcoming trip to Palestine/Israel, I’m considering taking along the Mervyn Peake trilogy, Gormenghast.

960 pages should keep me going for a month. Right? 🙂

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This entry was posted on August 13, 2013 by in Books and tagged , , , , .
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