image Hungry for Books: Part II

“You eat books and then you wash them down with water.”

~Toronto cab driver, July 2013

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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.

One comment

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