I did an exhaustive search for the “What are you Reading” thread and it was no where to be found, so I am starting a new one and if the old one is still around please move this to the bottom, as it was one of my favourite threads.
Lately I have read a few travel related books, mostly in preparation for a cycling tour I have planed.
But I have also read:
Leonard Cohen’s Stranger Music –Selected Poems and Songs
Not sure what I can say about L. Cohen - you either love him or hate him.
Soldier of the Spirit – The Life of Charles De Foucauld by Michel Carrouges. This was an interesting read: first because it looks at the incredible life of a Christian hermit and second, it covers the early years of exploration and French occupation of North Africa. Foucauld was an orphaned French aristocrat who after serving as an officer in North Africa quite to explore Morocco. Dressed as a rabbi, he spent a year 1883-84 visiting cities never seen by a European. After Morocco, he returned to France and became a devout Christian and eventually joining a Trappist monastery in Syria. He felt the Trappist order were not hard-core enough and left the to end up living as an impoverished hermit on the property of the Poor Clares in Nazareth. After leaving the holy land, he became a priest and set up the Fraternity of Beni Abbes in Algeria, near the border with Morocco. After about five years of working with the slaves and ex-slaves, he moved on to set up a new order working with the Tuaregs and the Herratins in Tamanrasset, an oasis located in the Hoggar region in the centre of the Sahara. During his time in the Hoggar he learned the local Tuareg dialect, wrote a French- Tuareg dictionary, a dictionary of nouns and a translated Tuareg poetry. Around the start of World War l, he was murdered by a marauding band of Tuareg warriors from Tripoli. After his death, the order of the little brothers and little sisters were established based on his ideas. He was made a saint in 1988.
I am now re-reading The Life and Times of Liberal Democracy by C.B. Macpherson.