2016 is the year of the PIGEON (actually it’s the year of the Monkey, but The Monkeyhole sounds like something else altogether), so here we have a brand new distraction for you. One about books and stuff.
In this grey and altogether bobbins month we got to thinking, while us Pigeons flap about trying to change the life of reading, we thought it appt (geddit?) to use our First Ever Proper Blog post to discuss the reading that has changed lives.
To kick us off – George Clooney went predictably highbrow with War and Peace, while Wayne Rooney’s choice matched his own brow with a spot of Harry Potter. But then only the most leaden of people are immune to that whizzy wizard.
We can only imagine, though, at the inner machinations of Noel Edmonds and his decision to cite Jeremy Clarkson’s Born to be Riled as his book of a lifetime. We don’t judge. Much.
In the spirit of sharing, we thought to give you some of ours. For me it is The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. On handing it over my mother said: ‘The devil arrives in Moscow to taunt the literati, there’s a ball with a poodle, oh and he’s got a giant cat as his sidekick.’
Our Commissioning Pigeon, Sarah, thinks that every book changes you in some way, though Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer did make her go vegan. She had her last cow’s milk latte reading the book in an airport before a homeward flight. French Pigeon Paul has plumped for The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin, telling me it was ‘an education in education and the only book I’ve read in one sitting. I stopped for water, but I didn’t eat for seven hours.’
Newest Pigeon is Laurence and he’s all over Catcher in the Rye. After a youthood of reading he felt utterly removed from the characters he met. No book dealt with places or people he could relate to, until Holden Caulfield. ‘Suddenly I realised that there might be thousands of them out there, which were all about me – and my egocentric self rejoiced at this prospect.’
Our Digi-Pigeon Walid is also a fan of Salinger, though in the end the book that changed his life was A Little Prince by Antoine de St-Exupéry, not only for its timeless and global social issues, but also because it is the first book he reads when learning a new language. Paola Pigeon claims that One Hundred Years of Solitude ‘was the first book that felt like real life to me, whilst also worshipping life with all its magical details.’ And for Pigeon Prima, Mr Jacob, it’s got to be The Count of Monte Cristo (we think it might be because he looks a little like the guy from the movie…)
But all this is merely one Pigeon’s page to another. What we really want to know is, what’s your book? Where do you turn again and again? Which story shines brightest in your brain? Tell us now, and tell us why, and we might even Pigeonhole that book for you.
Start the year as it means to go on, after all. With a COOperative. Reply below the jump please…