Tuesday, 11 October 2011
It's a book by Simon Carmiggelt.
And I found it yesterday - only a few steps away from my apartment building. A little present. For free. To pass on to others after I've enjoyed it myself.
I had heard of the concept of Book Crossing before and it really appealed to me. It starts with people buying a book (or using one of their own), then labelling it and 'setting it free' - hopefully for a journey around the world. But I had actually never come across a 'released' book before (let alone set one free myself). Did I already mention I LOVE this idea?
I haven't read anything by Carmiggelt in ages, but I used to quite like his books. They're a bit on the melancholy side but with lots of humor in them all the same. He did great cat stories too. I actually came across Carmiggelt several times in Amsterdam when I was in my early teens - he was always mumbling to himself. Probably working out a great plot!
I'm going to enjoy re-reading him. And then I'll lovingly put the book back in its plastic wrapper and set it free again.
I've already thought of just the spot. And I know I'm going to love checking its whereabouts from time to time.