April has had no shortage of good reading recommendations with all its shortlists and awards. In addition to these discoveries I’ve been reminded of two classics which I have for a long while intended to read.
The first is Meditations by Marcus Aurelius which is renowned for being a profound read and with all the insightful quotes you may have come across on the internet it’s hard not to see this book as a ‘must-read-before-you-die’ kind of book.
The other is Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman which, in the same vein, is a book of poetry of great life wisdom from which no shortage of inspiring quotes has been taken.
New to my TBR is a collection of short stories published earlier this year. An Unrestored Woman by Shobha Rao just sounds too interesting not to read.
“An Unrestored Woman explores the fault lines in this mass displacement of humanity: a new mother is trapped on the wrong side of the border; a soldier finds the love of his life but is powerless to act on it; an ambitious servant seduces both master and mistress; a young prostitute quietly, inexorably plots revenge on the madam who holds her hostage. Caught in a world of shifting borders, Rao’s characters have reached their tipping points.”
Have you read any of these? Share your thoughts about them.