“You eat books and then you wash them down with water.”
~Toronto cab driver, July 2013
Sadly, I didn’t get to any bookstores while visiting Toronto last week. But I did meet this unforgettable character. As we weaved through the sizzling streets of downtown Toronto, our cab driver told me a bit about his life. His story startled me with a passionate reference to reading — not for pleasure but for survival: “You eat books and then you wash them down with water.”
After emigrating from Kenya over 40 years ago, he obtained not one, but several university degrees. He worked full-time as a teacher while driving a cab (which he now proudly owns) to support his family.
It seems that over his lifetime he has “swallowed” many books in order to build a better life.
Now that’s what I call hungry for books.