24in48Readathon: Three Blind Mice, and Twenty Love Poems

readathon1I thought I would slip into a shallow slumber after lunch, but I employed my sagacity, and started reading Agatha Christie’s Three Blind Mice. Christie didn’t let me sleep. Any surprises there? ๐Ÿ™‚

Three Blind Mice was my first Agatha Christie book. (Are you judging me?) ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was a novelette, I guess. It was longer than a short story, and shorter than a novella. I loved everything about the book. It was charming, thrilling, and I was pleased that I finally read her book. I enjoyed it more becauseย it cleansed my palate that still had this not-so-pleasantย taste left by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. When I finished reading it, I told myself that I should read more books written by Agatha Christie, and Shirley Jackson. Maybe, for the next readathon. So, that was about my third book for #24in48readathon.

My fourth book was Pablo Neruda’s Twenty Love Poems, and A Song of Despair. I have read quite of poems of Neruda online. But, I haven’t read a proper book. So, I was looking forward to it. This book was a disappointment. I didn’t enjoy many of the poems. However, I am still desperate to read his Odes to Common Things.

Tonight I Can Write was the only poem I relished from this collection. It was riveting. If you haven’t read, sample it here. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.

Write, for example, ‘The night is starry
and the stars are blue and shiver in the distance.’

The night wind revolves in the sky and sings.

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

Through nights like this one I held her in my arms.
I kissed her again and again under the endless sky.

She loved me, sometimes I loved her too.
How could one not have loved her great still eyes.

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
To think that I do not have her. To feel that I have lost her.

To hear the immense night, still more immense without her.
And the verse falls to the soul like dew to the pasture.

What does it matter that my love could not keep her.
The night is starry and she is not with me.

This is all. In the distance someone is singing. In the distance.
My soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.

My sight tries to find her as though to bring her closer.
My heart looks for her, and she is not with me.

The same night whitening the same trees.
We, of that time, are no longer the same.

I no longer love her, that’s certain, but how I loved her.
My voice tries to find the wind to touch her hearing.

Another’s. She will be another’s. As she was before my kisses.
Her voice, her bright body. Her infinite eyes.

I no longer love her, that’s certain, but maybe I love her.
Love is so short, forgetting is so long.

Because through nights like this one I held her in my arms
my soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.

Though this be the last pain that she makes me suffer
and these the last verses that I write for her.

My next two readsย for the readathon might be We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Chess by Stefan Zweig.

How are you all progressing?


19 thoughts on “24in48Readathon: Three Blind Mice, and Twenty Love Poems

    1. They are all short books. I just did some math, and found out that I have read about 309 pages today, which is as good as reading one book. My point was to exit my comfort zone. So, I read comics, sci-fi, poetry, an author whom I haven’t read, and an essayish book.


      1. Oh no. ๐Ÿ™‚ I started reading multiple books at the same time only after I began reading O Henry’s and Munro’s short stories. They were so good that I wanted to take a break, and come back. When it comes to novels, I don’t do parallel-reading.

        Maybe, just maybe, you should join the next readathon. We may read something together. ๐Ÿ™‚


      2. You are TOO modest. Come on. ๐Ÿ˜€ I have told you, haven’t I? I started reading only about five or six years ago. So, I am making up for all that I might have possibly lost for 22 years. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. What? You’re reading your first Agatha Christie? Thank God for the Talkathon, you got started. Yes, get yourself a Poirot and a Miss Marple. Then of course you have Tuppence & Tommy series. How about Mr Quinn? And the 6 romantic & rather philosophic novels. Good luck with the readathon – may you discover new gems. ,

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      1. No – don’t take another Christie in the readathon, try new authors. Hmmm. thinking … Have you read James Herriot? If you haven’t, then try one – they’re pretty light reads.

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      2. I have got James Herriot’s Dog Stories, OT. But it looks like an omnibus. I am currently reading Stefan Zweig’s ‘Chess’, and another friend has recommended Edith Wharton’s ‘Ethan Frome’. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Seconding all of The Visitor’s Christie recs! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you enjoyed the book. I love her mysteries for comfort reading, they’ve been with me through all the ups and downs. Maybe read a Miss Marple, she’s awesome, but I also love the many many Poirot books and the adventures of Tuppence and Tommy (very thrilling and fun!).

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