[#partner this box was gifted to me by boxwalla]
“Because when I read, I don’t really read; I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop, or I sip it like a liqueur until the thought dissolves in me like alcohol, infusing brain and heart and coursing on through the veins to the root of each blood vessel.”
― Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude
“Life was neither something you defended by hiding nor surrendered calmly on other people’s terms, but something you lived bravely, out in the open, and that if you had to lose it, you should lose it on your own terms.”
― Edwidge Danticat, The Dew Breaker
I was recently gifted Boxwalla’s October Literature Box but I knew I didn’t want to post about it until I had read the books in the box first because I am more interested in giving genuine feedback on gifts of this kind than simply just posting a photo.
I’ll start by saying that I have tried two other book box subscriptions before and was very underwhelmed by their monthly selections that it had made me reluctant to try another box subscription. However, I had been intrigued by Boxwalla for a while after a few friends recommended it to me. Therefore, when Lavanya from Boxwalla approached me to try a box, I said yes.
With this box I got to read a Czech classic, Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal, a story about a trash ‘compactor’, whose job is to destroy waste paper and books, however, his love of art and literature makes him secretly save and hide rare and banned books. This book spoke to me on so many levels. I underlined a lot. For the protagonist, Hant’a, books provide an escape from his gloomy and isolated reality but more than that books give him an education and spiritualism. As a person who values books, as most of you guys must, I fell in love with this story that still feels very relevant today.
The next book I read from the box was The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat, a collection of linked stories that center around a Haitian immigrant to the U.S. with a dark past. In these stories we see the roles he plays for many different people. Each story could stand alone, since each has so much to give and teach about redemption, oppression, love and family. I felt it was a good choice to tell the story of this man through the eyes and lives of other people. Edwidge Danticat has a gift for writing with much humanity.
Lastly, I read a tiny book of T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Pulfrock, reprinted and illustrated beautifully by Obvious State. This pocket size book makes a for a good source of inspiration when in a funk.
The most important thing I gathered from Boxwalla’s Literature Box is that they care about literature and it’s power to enlighten. This is a box that is true to literature. I had never heard of any of these books before this box so I am grateful to Lavanya from Boxwalla to have brought them into my life.
Boxwalla was kind enough to send me another box and I will tell you guys about it when I read the books.
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