Tuesday, 10 November 2015

A Weekend in Amsterdam 

Great to be in Amsterdam for the weekend; so much to see and do. I deliberately saved The Fault in Our Stars - John Green, to read on the trip, starting this YA masterpiece on the short flight from UK to Holland. During the three days of friendly Dutch hospitality, cafes, canals and bicycles I devoured the book. Delayed gratification, the sights and smells of such a vibrant city and the thoughtful poignant  love story between Hazel and Gus were a heady and potent mix eliciting a deep emotional response.
   
As the reader I chose to add the extra dimension of place to the reading experience.When 'Anne Frank House' was announced as a stop on the Number 13 tram I was literally transported to the scene where the young star-crossed lovers in the John Green novel also faced their random nemesis.
  
A couple of summers ago I re-read My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrell, in Corfu. The riotously funny read initiated a search for the strawberry-pink villa, a delight in the sun-ripened grapes, warm turquoise water and our own 'Spiro' the taxidriver.

Clearly, we don't have to read Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey among the magnificent ruins, but it's quite something when we do. 

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