Book of the month: August
I hope you are all doing well and making lots of photographs... :)
In August I read two brilliant books. The first was "Every Note Played", from neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of "Still Alice", Lisa Genova.
This unforgettable novel tells the story of a famous, world-renowned pianist who discovers he has ALS. Soon his right arm is completely paralyzed and it's just a matter of time before his entire body follows that same heartbreaking path.
Imagine devoting your entire life to something you love above than anything else, and then being unable to do it because you "lost in the genetic lottery" and has a rare disease that will leave your entire body....motionless, almost lifeless..?
I did not read "Still Alice" but I did cry a lot during the movie, and "Every Note Played" is also one of those stories that brings tears to our eyes rather easily...
It is written with remarkable empathy and sensibility, and it's a beautiful and powerful exploration of love, gratefulness, regret, redemption, forgiveness, hope, freedom...it's a celebration of humanity...
I couldn't stop reading it, and I must say thank you to our roommate David for letting me borrow it for a couple of days...needless to say, I highly recommend it!
The second book I read is from one of my very, very, very favorite writers - who sadly passed away in 2015.
Writers like him should perhaps live forever....
Eduardo Galeano, author of one of my "Bibles", "The Open Veins of Latin America", wrote "Patas Arriba" with that same poetic, ironic, astute, sometimes funny and sarcastic, always critical style that has immortalized him in the Latin American literature.
I had been reading fragments of "Patas Arriba" for a long time, finding inspiration in every single page, but last month it was actually the first time I read the whole book from beginning till end. And what a wonderful journey that was...
The book is must-read to everyone interested in Latin America and our historic, structural and institutionalized scenarios of injustice, racism and inequalities. Writing with his characteristic poignant style and showing his immense social consciousness, Galeano explores the incoherencies of our modern societies, especially in the context of Latin America, and open our eyes, and heart, to the facts and truth that the general media, even history books, prefers to ignore - or conveniently, keep away from us.
It is also a book with hope, one that inspire us to get ou there and write our own "Motorcycle Diaries"...
After all, if we want to live in a better, more just society, we must all do our part...the revolutions always start within us..and like Galeano wrote on his "Open Veins...":
“The Latin American cause is above all a social cause: the rebirth of Latin America must start with the overthrow of its masters, country by country. We are entering times of rebellion and change. There are those who believe that destiny rests on the knees of the gods; but the truth is that it confronts the conscience of man with a burning challenge.”