Reading is my passion. I think I have mentioned that several times (well it wouldn’t really be my passion if I hadn’t mentioned it at least a couple of times, right?) but for the past year, I have not had the time to read much. Oh, there were a few weeks that I got hooked into re-reading Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series but my workload just prevented me from staying up late into the night reading (which I normally do if I am really hooked). I think, though, that I am about to spend considerable time reading if I get my hands on this new book that I just found out about.
Titled The Various Flavors of Coffee, this novel is set in the 1890s in London and Africa. The theme, as the title implies, is coffee and its trade back then. The novel is authored by Anthony Capella. The Seattle Times has a write up that begins with this paragraph:
It is London in the 1890s. Robert Wallis, an impoverished young poet living on his father’s allowance, eats breakfast at a cafe. “[A] well-made cup of coffee is the proper beginning to an idle day,” he comments to the waiter. “Its aroma is beguiling, its taste is sweet; yet it leaves behind only bitterness and regret. In that it resembles, surely, the pleasures of love.”
Now tell me, how can you resist a book that begins with a line about coffee? Seriously, I think this book will be a good read – and a light one, too.
Originally posted on September 5, 2008 @ 6:15 pm