Silent Body, Vibrant Mind by Peter Anderson is a painfully honest story. It is one that I probably wouldn’t have read except that I know one of Peter’s brothers. It is necessary in life to understand that not everyone lives in the world they want to live in. There are many people who live because they have no choice but to live. These people often live with courage.
The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq is a twisted tale of artistry and relationships. I was entrigued by the artist and his different artistic periods focussing on maps at one stage. It was the ending that I found the most bizarre. I still don’t understand where the ending came from; obviously out of Houellebecq’s imagination.
The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie is the first book by Rushdie that I have read. It reminds me of works by other Indian writers – long drawn out epic sagas of love and empire. I did like the Moor character and his family tales of art, love and hate. I have another of Rushdie’s books to read and I’ll probably find some more.