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Sunday Salon – “Scusi!”


A couple of days’ holiday in Rome have done me a world of good. Not least because I’ve now finished 5 books in 5 days and am due to start on the 6th any minute at time of writing.

Couple of catch-up posts have covered what we’ve seen in Rome – days 1 and 2, days 3 and 4. In short, much old stuff, some gelato.

Books read by me while here:

All That I Am by Anna Funder

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

How It All Began by Penelope Lively

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

and next on the list is The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

(I finished Let The Great World Spin the day before coming on holiday).

Books read by the Physicist while here:

The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks

(has now started on Matter, also by Banks).

Assorted waiters and waitresses in Rome have thought we are a) insane b) terribly mannered or c) very happy ignoring each other while reading our books, as the books have come out at every meal while waiting for food. We read on the Metro, at the top of the monument to Victor Emanuel I (there were a lot of steps and I needed a rest at the top) and on a wall outside the Pantheon.

Reading makes a holiday.


2 thoughts on “Sunday Salon – “Scusi!””

  1. Great pace, doing Rome and reading a book a day! Hilarious comment about the waiters, no doubt you were a rare site. I had lunch recently and was reading and writing in the margins of a book during the meal (but I was on my own in the countryside by a lake in between appointments) and paused midway through my dish and the waiter came to remove it. It’s hard for them to read the signals of when you are finished your meal or when you are just taking a pause! You are well suited if you have both have the same habit, sounds like a read-a-thon! 😉

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