Quote of the day:
Virtue is a positive quality developed by taking a firm stand for the right in temptation, or by the suffering endured in consequence of wrongdoing.
One of Sun Tzu's sayings about conflict goes thus: The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Much of the story in this book explores the effect of war and its psychological effects on a nation. The Fall of the Stone City, a book written by Albanian novelist and poet Ismail Kadare is just about right for quick reading at just 168 pages.
It explores how the townsfolk of Gjirokastër in Albania with their values and culture go about their daily lives, most of it spent speculating about two doctors in their town who are held in high esteem. Imbued with metaphors and sometimes comical narration, Kadare weaves a believable tale and one can't help but be left with a certain affection for the characters.
The novel starts around the year of 1943 and the highlight of it is the arrival of German tanks entering the town with no single shot fired, only to be taken over later by communists after their departure. In the course of the invasion, one of the doctor will help to shape how the rest of the story evolves.
It is a brilliant novel by Kadare, but the book leaves so many unanswered questions and maybe it was done so as to leave the reader with some pondering to do. However, I do look forward to reading more of Kadare's books.
I'm still on track with my goal of reading at least 5 books each month, as was the case last month. You can view my book reading list for May 2016.
What books are you currently reading? Do feel free to recommend in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by.
Other books I'm reading this month:
George Orwell -Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Kazuo Ishiguro -The Unconsoled
Franz Kafka -The Castle
William Wordsworth -Selected Poems
Peace. Love. Light*
Current Listen: Foster The People - Pumped up Kicks