“These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves . From each of them goes out its own voice and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one or thesis volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart . “
I often hear the accusation that my generation does not read anymore. The generation from approximately 1985 who pretend they are grown up but did not read literature ever in their live. Book reports for school do not count. If that piece of papers on the internet had been breads, there is enough food to provide for Africa.
Joe Speedboot? Who? Turks Fruit? That is that movie, isn’t it? I do not know whether it is because of my passion for language, but I still do not get the feeling that I belong to this group. A good book makes me euphoric. A good book makes me happy, hot and cold at the same time, a good book drags me more into the story than many film will ever do. A good book gives me inspiration. A good book makes me want to write a book myself, immediately.
I love language. I’m a language freak, punctuation lover, an admirer of words. Words are my greatest friends. With words you have everything. Words can make you hate, love, laugh, cry, words can touch someone. The most difficult words are the most beautiful words. Dance with words and stringle them together and let them embrace life.
Besides all my travel books I collect my favourite books on shelves in the living room. I love Arthur Japin who dances with worlds, the humoristic Herman Koch, the taboos of Jan Wolkers. The smooth pen of Margriet de Moor, the world saver Harry Mulisch, the rawness of Kluun and wordsmith Tommy Wieringa. Pure Dutch literature. I also adore beautiful English literature. From ‘the perks of being a wallflower’ to ‘to kill a mockingbird; from ‘David Copperfield ‘ to ‘sense and sensibility’. Additionally I love intriguing true stories and my guilty pleasure: fantasy books from i.e. Tolkien, Robin Hobb, Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind. The books of Paulo Coelho are not lacking in my bookshelves either, just like many other mindstyle books. What you like to read?