March 03, 2003

One Thousand White Women

When I was in Jordan I was asked by by some curious French people how I was able to read when traveling as obviously it was difficult to bring piles of book during my travel. Besides the fact that they were actually surprised I was able to read english books - sigh... - I figure that the answer could interest some people.

Fact is that I usually read books at lightning fast speed and that it is rare that a interesting book last more than 3 days. During these last years I did not read much besides technical papers and specifications of all sorts (much less entertaining) and I usually had some 'periods' devoted to reading but not much.

Since I'm in Egypt I must have read about a dozen of novels. I usually found them (used) in the bookshops in Dahab. While in some shops you could probably find some antiquities lying untouch on the shelves for 20 years in some others you find a reasonable choice ( though a greater variety would be nice ). Prices are quite expensive when you think about it, especially rental. They sell a used pocket book at about 20-30EGP which is very close to the price as new that you can get in Europe. If you give back the book before 2 weeks (piece of cake, but of course the shop has to be opened which is sometimes more difficult than you can imagine...) you pay only half the price.

That said today I bumped into a copy of One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus (Milles Femmes Blanches) that I immediately took. I wanted to buy it when I was in France and it would have been a good buy. I spent all day reading the book and it will obviouslly be finished by tomorrow. I highly recommend it to all of you.

Posted by stephane at March 3, 2003 08:02 PM

As a book lover, I am always happy to be informed about really good books.
You should also try "L'espoir est une terre lointaine" (in english ?) written by Colleen McCullough... Beautiful story (and history) of english people as a conquerant of Australia.


Posted by: sophie on March 21, 2003 03:15 PM