#48 In love with books – Richard de Nooy

April 13, 2011 in Sonder kategorie

What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen?

My mother was and still is an avid reader, even though she is 87 and her eyesight is very poor. If she wasn’t running the household or coaching kids at the pool, she would be sitting in her comfy chair with a book. After I’d raced through the Hardy Boys series I swiftly moved on to her Alistair MacLeans and Agatha Christies, carefully avoiding Georgette Heyer and Catherine Cookson. My parents also subscribed to the Rand Daily Mail, back in the day. Before dinner I always had to wash the ink off my hands and forearms. My love for heavier reading began to develop only in my early twenties, when I came to Holland.

What’s your favourite line from a book?

My favourite sentence is the third sentence of Nabokov’s Lolita, which reads: “Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.” It’s as if the narrator is savouring the object of his infatuation. The sentence has a sublime rhythm. To be honest, I always thought it was the opening sentence to the book. I’m quite disappointed to find that he gives the game away so early on, with his opening: “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.”

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