Two chapters through Aleph and I now understand the book was valued at such price. An earlier entry talked about how underwhelming the first few pages were.
It’s a book not to be finished in a rush. It takes some time before one could take in all the words. I’ve dog-eared every other page to go back to quotations I’d want to reread. Right now, I’m just engrossed to be part of a personal journey conveniently packages into a book. I have to put it down to process things and figure out how it would be of use for my context.
There are books that entertain, providing an escape for a night or two – or until one finishes the book. They can make you feel sad, giddy, happy. The words can make you cry. Basically, you wish you’d be a character in the book and live in their world even for a while (forever is another option, if only possible). Usually, there are slight variations to present cliche lessons and story plots.
There are books that provide facts and information. They can be good conversation fillers and you feel that you’ve got loads to share with your friends next time you meet.
Then there are books that you cannot possibly finish in a sitting. You stop at a page and take a couple of deep breaths and you cannot help but reflect. You look for similar experiences and then you feel relieved that you’re not the only one dealing with whatever it is you may be dealing with. The words you read, sometimes you have to write down because you know you’ll be needing them to keep you going at some time. This type of book brims of life’s lessons. Translated in simple English, I found a text (that I can bear to read) that integrates discussion of faith, unbound by religion.
This book leaves one feeling light and positive, looking forward to what the next day. Headaches are expected – from reflections, I guess. The words present another (not necessarily new) perspective of things. Right now, I’ve come to like this one:
It isn’t what you did in the past that will affect the present. It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future.