The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. – Albert Camus
One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite authors, I think mainly because it is adaptable both cross culturally and generationally.
In my spare time the other day, I took a stroll through La Mariscal. Its the main tourist sector in Quito and I don’t normally go there but it is conveniently near Repsol, where I teach. Anyway, I found a used book store that sells a lot of English language books so I decided to check it out. I found a rather ancient copy of Camus’ The Possessed, It’s actually based on Dostoevsky’s novel of the same name, but adapted into a play. Here’s a little more info: http://www.openculture.com/2012/10/albert_camus_talks_about_adapting_dostoyevsky_for_the_theatre_1959.html.
I also bought a beat-up copy of Water for Elephants for a genre balance. Next week will be pretty exciting because my friend Katia arrives with my new Kindle! Although I prefer actually books, a Kindle is much more efficient while traveling. Moving from Venezuela to Ecuador with a giant duffel bag of books was a slightly unpleasant experience that I don’t really wish to go through again. Also, most classics are free ebook downloads, so I can read some quality stuff (as opposed to The Devil Wears Prada, which I found at a book exchange here). Wohoo for reading!