If you want to understand what makes the world tick, read Longitudes and Attitudes, by Thomas L. Friedman.
(Both books are available in the Commits library.)
There's so much we can learn from the book that was hailed by the New York Times as "a fine example of why novels exist".
FROM A SPOT OF BOTHER:
- Aphorisms to live by-1
George chewed this over for a minute or two. When men had problems they wanted someone to give them an answer, but when women had problems they wanted you to say that you understood.
- Aphorisms to live by-2
You could say all you liked about reason and logic and common sense and imagination, but when the chips were down the one skill you needed was the ability to think about absolutely nothing whatsoever.
- Aphorisms to live by-3
...it occurred to him [Jamie] that there were two parts to being a better person. One part was thinking about other people.The other part was not giving a toss what other people thought.
- Aphorisms to live by-4
Perhaps the secret was to stop looking for greener grass. Perhaps the secret was to make the best of what you had.
- Aphorisms to live by-5
And Ray said, "Eventually you realise that other people's problems are other people's problems."
FYI, Mark Haddon is the author of that massive bestseller, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (also available in the Commits library).
- Photo courtesy: The New York Times