Books offer different things to different people. For some, books offer an escape. For some they offer a different vantage point. For others, entertainment. For others, peace. For some like me, all of the above, and then some!
I enjoy hearing people’s perspectives. Books allow me to do that easily, at my pleasure. From time to time, books leave me pondering, often long after I have finished reading them.
One of those books is titled Dust by Yvonne Awuor Adhiambo. She’s an immensely gifted author and a recipient of the Caine Prize for African Writing. Years after reading her book, I am still pondering.
Ah, what’s that you say?
A problem half shared is a problem half…
Say no more. I shall throw this to you. Yvonne writes in her book:
“Everyone has at least four secrets;
- One secret can only be repeated to God.
- The second is buried in between life and death, to be retrieved at the time of a man’s most important life decision.
- The third is the one you sell to buy your oldest longing.
- The fourth is the name you baptise your death with.”
Ponder over these four secrets. Can you answer each with certainity?
More importantly, what do books do for you?