The story of an elderly Cuban fisherman, with little but hope to sustain him through a punishing life, tells a fundamental truth about life.
Out of luck …
strong winds batter the shore at Boca de Galafre, Pinar del Rio province, Cuba.
Out o luck … strong winds batter the shore at Boca de Galafre, Pinar del Rio province, Cuba.
Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images
Dreamers, they never see the riptide coming. But then who can really blame them? Better to sail an ocean of hope than a sea of despair. Never mind what lies beneath: a world without dreamers would be a nightmare.
Santiago, the old man in Ernest Hemingway’s 1952 novella, is a dreamer. But with age, his dreams have changed, scuffed and sanded down by decades of fishing the Gulf Stream: no longer does his sleeping mind drift to the great events throughout his life but instead just to a place, a childhood memory: lions playing on an African beach. And he wonders: “Why are the lions the main thing that is left?”
makes her first fictional foray into the American past inThe
bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles,
passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement.
is tied to a longer life, according to a new report.
used data on 3,635 people over 50 participating in a larger health study who
had answered questions about reading.
divided the sample into three groups: those who read no books, those who read
books up to three and a half hours a week, and those who read books more than
three and a half hours.
in Social Science & Medicine, found that book readers tended to be female, college-educated
and in higher income groups. Researchers
controlled for those factors as well as age, race, self-reported health,
depression, employment and marital status.
those who did not read books, those who read for up to three and a half hours a
week were 17 percent less likely to die over 12 years of follow-up, and those
who read more than that were 23 percent less likely to die. Book readers lived
an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at all.
They found a similar
association among those who read newspapers and periodicals, but it was weaker.
report as little as a half-hour a day of book reading had a significant
survival advantage over those who did not read,” said the senior author, Becca
R. Levy, a professor of epidemiology at Yale. “And the survival advantage
remained after adjusting for wealth, education, cognitive ability and many
This title is breaking records for the most read WRA Summer Read. Thanks Madame!
On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie? [Good Reads]
Michel Bussi is one of France's most celebrated crime authors. The winner of more than 15 major literary awards, he is a professor of geography at the University of Rouen and a political commentator. After the Crash, his first book to appear in English, will be translated into over twenty languages.