reading beyond your culture

Currently Reading: Sandra Cisneros (Loose Woman Poems)

https://i0.wp.com/ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510jjkcaAVL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgHaving read and become a fan of A House on Mango Street, there was little hesitation in acquiring this collection. At the time I read A House on Mango Street (high school) I wasn’t aware Cisneros also wrote poetry (or forgot). With my interest in poetry resurging and also wanting to tackle my neglected short reads, Loose Woman seemed ideal. In fact, I’m not sure why I didn’t grab it off my shelf sooner.

So far, I would say what has been said about the work isn’t fluff. Keep Reading

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Recent Reads: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress By Dai Sijie

As a means to rejuvenate the leisure parts of my brain, I decided to look at some of the books on my shelf that are shorter reads and make my way through them, a sort of self challenge, if you will. The first one on my list, even though I’m someone who reads several books at once, was Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. Now, I had no idea about the author or the book, it was one of those purchases that caught my eye and had the potential to be interesting. I judged the book by its cover and it paid off. Ignoring the quoted praise and National Bestseller*, I focused on the spine, title, and the cover photograph. All captivating and well done. I also enjoy exposing myself to more authors/writers from around the world whenever possible, so that was an additional incentive for me to get it.

The story is one that tells the life of childhood friends sent into “The Cultural Revolution” Keep Reading

Currently Reading: Wole Soyinka (Death and The King’s Horseman)

Death And The King’s Horseman: A Play by Wole Soyinka.

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I acquired this book on a complimentary whim without any prior knowledge of the author. The cover design, name, and, admittedly, length helped. In the past, I’ve had the habit of trying to stick to recommended lists or authors I remembered from classes. As I matured I realized how limiting that can be, especially for someone who writes, when the majority of those included were renowned North American or English authors, and likely classics. Each time I had the opportunity to read beyond “my” culture, I found a great joy in it, and it’s something I continue and encourage. I also get a kick out of taking a chance and discovering new authors. I’ve made dozens of selections this way prior to my palm sized technology. Now when hitting up book stores, I utilize my cell phone to get a general idea of new authors, if there’s too much doubt, but it’s still just as exciting. Anywho, I don’t expect that by reading more diversely I’ll become some expert of experiences those in other countries face, their histories, or even truly understand what life is/was like, but it does make me feel more globally connected because it provides a wider scope of what it means to be human and not just [insert nationality].

If you’d like a written review or my opinion on this work, feel free to let me know in the comments or contact me. 🙂