Today I made my first visit to the Merida English Library, having read on its web site that each Saturday it has a book sale. Having long ago finished reading the books I brought with me I was looking for reading material. I picked up three used paperbacks for $10. pesos each. “Wild Card”, written by Jerome Preisler for the Tom Clancy “Power Play” series; “Black Boy” by Richard Wright; and “Love and War in the Apennines”, by Eric Newby, a true story of his evasion of the advancing German army after his release from an Italian prisoner of war camp in which was held for a year.
Additionally, yesterday Armando, my 88 year old Cuban-American neighbor, asked if I liked to read. I responded that I did and that I was looking for reading material, so he lent me two John LeCarre novels, “The Russia House” and “The Little Drummer Girl.” I’m about a third of the way through “The Russia House” and can report that it’s holding my attention.
The Merida English Library has quite a collection, mostly paperbacks, offers memberships for $200. pesos per year, and hosts get togethers the first Friday of each month.
Note: Edited 12/4/05 to correct the title of the LeCarre novel to “The Russia House.” I had initially written “The Russian Room” and my error was pointed out by one of my two readers.