on Books, and on Receiving them

If you had asked me bro, I would have said skip Ulysses for now or even forever. Do not strain your sparkling fresh young brain! I think you would really enjoy my special darling Isabel Allende. If you like Gabriel Garcia Marques; if you like my other great love Rushdie, which you obviously do — I know — I guarantee you, you will savour say “Eva Luna” for starters by Allende. After that I believe you will keep going till you have read everything by her. Maybe “The House of Spirits” next … She is just precious. Just trust me!