CUWAM- Why write?

Why write? …the answer sprang out at me as I read the Nicole Krauss’s novel ”The History of Love’ …a book I purchased in an independant bookstore in Little Italy, NYC…a book I have yet to immerse myself in fully….For I found that whilst travelling, and since the return to OZ, my brain is not interested in other people’s stories…I am still trying to make sense of my own!!

But the day will come when I erect my hammock in the front garden, lay down with this book, and it is a good book, prehaps even a marvelous book, with mojito in hand, and Flora snuggled next to me…and loose myself in page after page…

The History of Love, and its main character Leo Gursky, a man ‘trying to survive a little bit longer, tapping his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive’ is my type of person….a man compelled to document his day to day existence in order to make sense of this crazy, mixed up. alienating, beautiful and ordinary thing called life.

‘ When I got older I decided I wanted to be a real writer. I tried to write about real things. I wanted to describe the world, because to live in an undescribed world was too lonely’

And I can’t improve on that….but I felt compelled to share that beautiful quote…His words resonated with me when I read them a while back and I scribbled the quote down in my travel diary…

And today I enter them into my blog, as a type of hommage to the art of writing and as a way of committing to documenting future tales of life, love and friendship….

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