14 Jun 2010

Book 2 and 3 of 10 Books: Writing For Television and The Famished Road

I am keeping up with the list of books I wanted to read this summer and beyond. At the moment I am reading two books alternating between Writing for Television by William Smethurst and The Famished Road by Ben Okri.

The first book is a writers' writing excise book. It teaches the tricks to write successful stories which can be sold to television programmes. I am reading it for inspiration for my many stories in the drawer.

The second, on the other hand, is a magical novel which follows the adventure of Azaro a spirited child. He is born and reborn many times because he finds it difficult to leave behind the idyllic world which he was used to before his birth.

For many times he is born to the same woman but for the same amount of times he dies. However, one time he decides to live just to bring a smile on the face of the woman who was going to be his mother; he also decides to live and experience the life of the living. This comes with great cost because for the rest of this life his spirit companions do not let him live in peace. They keep calling him to the spirit world most children abandon at birth. This causes pain to the parents and to Azaro himself.

In the opening pages a phrase caught my attention and heart, it reads "There are many reasons why babies cry when they are born, an
d one of them is the sudden separation from the world of pure dreams, where all things are made of enchantment, and where there is no suffering."

This makes me want to create a dream world around me when it is time to welcome my future baby. This will help ease the impact from that separation. I want the baby to be happy and dream the lovely dream of life with less suffering as possible.


  1. Stopping by from SITS and wishing you a GREAT day :)

  2. Stopping by to say hi. Sounds like two great books. Glad you enjoyed reading them.

  3. Interesting reading choices. The novel sounds absolutely beautiful. And the writing for television book sounds inspiring.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. That is a beautiful line you quoted.


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