But here goes :
The book that really started my love affair with long historical novels and my passion to travel through India.
I read this for the first time in 1992 at the age of 16 and have read it numerous times since then and it has a special spot in my library. It is around 1000 pages of rich storytelling that will hold you enthralled from the moment you pick it up until you regretfully read the last pages.....
I will realise my dream of travelling through India and seeing the places so richly described in this book.
I was deemed too young to watch the series when it hit the screens in the 1980s...
Again this tragic story of love holds something new each time I read it. I read it for the first time in my early 20s and subsequently read it every 5 years or so. Each time more of the subtle threads running through the book are revealed with my own maturity.
I'm glad I never watched the series. I think the richer storyline would be lost on screen.
Haha I know what some of you are thinking and yes I concede the writing isn't much and really all the books are about is sex, sex and more sex (still can't understand how they will translate this lot into a movie!!)
BUT these books did a helluva lot for a lot of women and allowed them to feel 'normal'. That fantasies, kinky sex, experimentation ... WAS NORMAL. That it does not make them deviant or disgusting and that a little bit of spice and play with your partner can certainly add a lot to the relationship.... So if you haven't already go read the books and spice up your love life!!
Given to me as a Christmas present I view it as my reintroduction into the world of politics. 20 years ago I wrote Matric, it was the same year we had our first democratic elections in South Africa.
This books provides insight on what has happened on a broader scale around me in the last 20 years. A good place to start reflecting about my last 20 years.