The Favourite Read Ever!

Today’s Daily Prompt is, Off the Shelf:

Take a look at your bookcase. If you had enough free time, which book would be the first one you’d like to reread? Why?

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Oh boy! (I love today’s daily prompt!)

Whenever I take a look at my bookshelf and quickly scan through the books with my eyes, I often find it impossible to pick just one book. For one thing, all the books in my library are carefully chosen and added accordingly to my taste in books. Some of the books are the ones that I adored as a kid which strengthened my desire and inspired me to read and write. As a result, most of the books that are piled up on the shelves next to my desk have been read more than once.

However, the book that I would still reread again and again—and, has already been read a significant number of times—is, Madol Doova by Martin Wickramasinghe. It is a children’s novel, a local classic that has been translated to various languages—including English—and a widely known book which is adored not only by the intended audience but also by all generations in the country as well. As a kid, I used to take Madol Doova to my school—specially on rainy days because I know there will be at least one free period with an absent teacher—and, I reread the book in school whenever I could or during the interval.Madol Doova
Whilst reading the book, I often found myself getting lost in the village settings, adventures of the two boys in the book and falling in love with the entire book as well as the characters in it. On a school trip—that I would never forget—I went to see the house where the author lived and did most of his writings. Still to date, the trip is one of my best memories of school. The little kid in me who loved to write and read was inspired by the glimpse of insight into a writer’s world. Undoubtedly, the adventurous story of Madol Doova made my childhood unforgettable. The protagonist, Upali, in Madol Doova was my crush/hero as a teen—and, well, he still sort of is…

On the other hand, like I said, it’s hard to pick one book but the next books I’d likely to pick are Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Sydney Shelton’s Master of The Game. I have read these books many times and I would read them again and again. Because, these books are as special as a first love, first kiss to me and rereading those books is like living and experiencing those special first time memories all over again..

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4 thoughts on “The Favourite Read Ever!

  1. I share your taste for Jane Eyre. I’ve read it at least three times and seen it portrayed on the screen an equal number of times. Amazing that a book could be this timeless in appeal. Enjoyed your well-written and interesting piece and now I need to go in search of Madol Doova! Thanks for following my blog…Judy

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    1. I love great pieces of English literature. I enjoy them so much. Jane Eyre is a masterpiece and a classic work of art by Charlotte Bronte. I’ve read it a many times as well and I agree with what you’re saying. 🙂 Yes! I hope you get to find Madol Doova and I guarantee you will love it. 🙂 And thank you for taking time to read my post. I’m glad that you liked it so much. 🙂 Are there anything similar to Jane Eyre that you enjoy? Please share because I’d love to know. 🙂

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  2. Oops. Left you another message but can’t find where it went. Months ago I noticed that someone from Sri Lanka seemed to be a regular reader of my blog and I wrote a poem to them entitled “Groundhogs in Sri Lanka.” (It was Groundhog Day.) But, they didn’t read my blog that day or for months afterwards. Later I saw them reading now and then but by then the poem was buried in the bowels of my blog. Whether that person was you or not, this is the first time I’ve had a clue as to who he/she might be. Whether you are or not, Welcome to my blog. It’s a pleasure to have a reader in that lovely country. Here is the link, Dhanu http://grieflessons.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/groundhogs-in-sri-lanka/

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    1. I read your poem and it’s so lovely. 🙂 I’m not the one who read your blog though, sadly. 😦 I hope you find him/her. 🙂 Meanwhile, I am glad to be stumbled upon your blog. I love your posts. 🙂

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