“The world is a book,
And those who do not travel,
Read only a page.”
By Saint Augustine
To me, reading a book is traveling. When I read Aegean Dream by Dario Ciriello, I felt as if I had gone to the Island of Skopelos. When something reminds me about the book, I can imagine the places he described as if I were there. I hear the people speaking Greek, I feel the outside and the insides of the buildings during the day and night. I smell and feel the soap his wife made.
I finished Jane Smiley’s Some Luck and I know that Iowa farm plus the neighboring farms. She wrote a series and I bought the second book so I could return to Iowa.
Our reading group chose Run by Ann Patchett for this month’s book. I’m right there– Massachusetts in the snow (even if it’s a hot day where I live in California).
I’ve traveled to many countries and states in the past, but with all the hassle to fly these days, I’d rather be home with a book. It’s my favorite way to travel. What do you think of Saint Augustine’s quote?