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Whilst travelling we´ve got lots of opportunities to read a lot of different books. We try not to buy new books but swap them at book exchanges. Ofcourse, there usually isn´t a wide selection so we have to make do with what we can get our hands on. We´ve both broadened our bookgenre horizons.

We´ve decided to keep a little library here, on this page. We´ll write down our thoughts and opinions and you, our loyal readers, are welcome to comment and spout your own thoughts or recommendations!

 

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And the mountains echoed – Khaled Housseini
Bought at Frankfurt airport
– read by: Lisa and Sander
– Exchanged at Cafe Fusions, Chachapoyas, Peru for Seven years in tibet

Lisa´s opinion: We bought this book at Frankfurt airport right before take off. I realised I hadn´t bought a book for the long flight and dashed into the first bookshop I could find. I had read a thousend splendid suns by Housseini, about 6 months earlier. A thousend splendid suns left a deep impression. It was quite heavily themed about 2 women and their oppressed lives in Afghanistan but it really hit a nerve and I couldn´t stop reading and feeling for the characters,  hoping things would turn out for the best. I´ts a book that, even now 6 months later, sometimes creeps back into my mind and makes me shudder. Hoping to get another small little traumatic experience I bought this book. It turned out to be a much easier read. Like a thousand splendid suns it spans many years, sometimes hopping forward and backwards. This story however, has quite a few more characters. Some only for a few chapters,  but all are linked together in one way or another.  That was maybe why it didn´t grip me so much. You don´t really get to know many of the characters very well. The few you do get to know though, were interesting, and I did have a hard time putting the book down once he wrote about Nabi or Pari (always a good sign). Some characters gave off a good impression at the beginning, but turned out to be weak people, and vice versa. The book themes around family, character, loyalty and helping one another. It starts out with an awfully difficult choice for a family and the many concequences that choice has. Although it didn´t grab me as much as A thousand, (it was certainly an easier read, not as heavy) I did quite like the story. But it´s not a must read. Given the choice, I´d certainly prefer a thousand. (I can´t compare it to the kite runner, his debut novel, because I actually haven´t read that one :P, I hear it´s good though, so who knows, one day)

 

image The good man jesus and the scoundrel christ – Philip Pullman
– Read by: Lisa
– Found in dormitory room in Canoa, read in a day, stayed in dormitory.

So this was an interesting read for me. I’m not really a religious person, and the only reason I picked this up was because of the author. Philip Pullman wrote the His dark material trilogy. Three books that kept me absolutely spellbound a few years ago. This book however was quite thin and an easy read. It follows the life of two twin brothers, Jesus and Christ. Jesus is pro – active, trying to help people and travelling around the country spreading his teachings. Christ is the silent one who follows his brother around and documents Jesus’ s teachings. Whilst Jesus is more about the here and now, how to change and live properly, Christ is more about setting up and writing down guidelines to start a religion. The brothers don’t always agree and Christ edits quite a lot of Jesus’s teachings to his liking. It’s a story about how religions are born. Important factor is that a religion can probably alter a lot from what it was meant to be when it started. Jesus for instance, prays to god that a church should always remain poor, modest and powerless, that it should set no laws and have no property.Things turned out a bit different. A lot depends, and can change when other people retell their versions of a story. Overall a quick read and a nice little book to make you rethink how Christianity took shape and that people aren’t the person they are made out to be.

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