OK, so I decided to complicate my life some more.
And this time I’m complicating my life for you, dear Karavansara readers.
I hope you are moved by this.
As I mentioned, one of the “minor” (but not minor at all) gifts I got for Christmas is Stuart Stevens‘ Night Train to Turkestan.
That is an attempt at retracing the road followed by Peter Fleming and Ella Maillart in their famous China-to-India (by way of Afghanistan) journey, in 1935.
Now, the interesting bit is – both Fleming and Maillart wrote about their experiences on the road.
I have my second-hand copy of News from Tartary here on my shelf.
So I was browsing Stevens’ book and the thought struck…
Why not read the three books in parallel, to get three different perspectives on the same places and peoples and incidents?
Now that would be cool.
As luck would have it, I found the Italian translation of Ella Maillart’s book – Oasi Proibite – for 8 euro including postage on the local Amazon. It should be here in a few days, post service permitting.
Then… then I’ll have a hell of a lot of stuff to do, really… but I’ll try and find time to read these three books back to back.
Fleming’s will take the back seat – after all I already read it.
But I’ll go thgrough the three volumes, and then… I’ll do something.
I’ll take notes, make a Google map or some web 2.0 whatever. I don’t know if I’ll post my impressions in chunks, by chapters, every 100 pages or what.
While still pretty much shapeless, it feels like a nice project for Karavansara in 2016.
Should it be a success (how to gauge that? Ah!) it might even make it a sort of annual event.
The Karavansara Challenge, 2016.
And if you out there would like to join in, why not? Sounds like fun, right?
I’m not trying to make this into some kind of book-reading club. Actually, I don’t have the slightest idea of how a book reading online club is handled, but what the heck, no barriers between thought and action or whatever.
If you’d like to join, please do so in the way you find best. You don’t have to read all three – choose one (maybe the one you find in your local library), and go with it. Let’s see what happens.
Let me know what you think. Or, if you know how a book reading club is managed, please post your suggestions. Thank you!