Sunday July 8, 2012
An endangered activity
MY treat every Sunday is the Reads section of Star2. I look forward to Daphne Lee’s and Abby Wong’s articles on books and readers.
Daphne article titled Unforgettable melody (Tots To Teens, July 1) brought back pleasant memories of my own childhood. Though my father had no time to read to us, the house was always full of books and magazines of all kinds. With no TV then, all our entertainment came from the world of books.
I have fond memories of my older siblings scrabbling to be the first to read the comics supplement every Sunday, and fighting to be the first to read the latest episode of the western, Cisco Kid. It was my mother’s story-telling skills that kindled our desire to read those fabulous tales she told us of ancient folklore.
Yes, my childhood reading was truly an unforgettable melody!
As for Abby, I always feel she’s writing about me and for me. I, too, long for a book lover to relate too. Like her friends, most of mine too are very active and hardly read.
I remember the time when, after reading The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society, I frantically tried to get every friend I knew to read the book! Recently, I wanted everyone I knew to share my pleasure in reading Julian Barnes’ A Sense Of An Ending. I feel let down when friends don’t share my enthusiasm for my favourite books.
Fortunately, I do have someone, my eldest sister, who shares my delight and wonder in reading. Sadly, reading is becoming an endangered activity in Malaysia.
Kay Are, Klang