‘A beautiful journey’
Many readers have grown up with Ruskin Bond’s stories. This time, in an utterly delightful new anthology, he introduces you to the stories he grew up with. Part memoir, part anthology, Love Among The Bookshelves is a glimpse into the author’s life through the books he has loved and an introduction to some forgotten classics.
When India’s most loved and cherished author speaks about his childhood and how he developed his love for books, you have to sit up and listen. Ruskin Bond takes you on a beautiful journey talking about his favourite authors. While reading the book, the memories of my childhood came flooding back—those glorious evenings when I tucked myself in bed with a book and kept reading it late into the night.
The book also offers a peek into the author’s early life, including his stay in London and how the works of his favourite authors helped sustain him, far away from home. There are snippets from his favourite authors including PG Wodehouse and HE Bates. Except for Wodehouse, I was never inclined towards reading classics, but this book made me want to read more of them. And that’s the magic of Ruskin Bond’s words.
As a bibliophile myself, I can understand how a person can completely devote his life to books. This book reaffirmed my faith in the kind of contentment and solace that only books can offer.
This book review is written for Femina Book Club.