On Monday, as a comment to the first of the Margaret Silf extracts, PFO-er Claire wrote, “A book by Margaret Silf discovered me years ago as I passed in an English bookstore…” The idea of “being discovered by a book” delighted me and I immediately began thinking of books that “discovered me.”
The strongest memory comes from several years ago. I had just finished a retreat in Morristown, NJ and, while waiting for a bus to take me into NYC, walked into a bookstore and started browsing. I picked up Master and Commander, the first of Patrick O’Brian’s Napoleonic sea-faring novels and read the first couple of pages. “Rats!” I thought, “I’m hooked. Now I’m going to have to read them all.”
And I did. All 21 of them. I also purchased a guide book to the series so that I could better understand all the nautical items (like the different kinds of sails, foods and surgical tools.) For several months, in every spare moment I was completely immersed in the world of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. It was a glorious time.
What books have discovered you?