Yann Martel and Stephen Harper
I’ve been reading up in the news lately about Yann Martel (author of “Life of Pi”) and his new project: he sends out a book to Harper (for those not familiar with the name, Harper is the prime minister of Canada) along with a letter which acts as a sort of reading guide. I must say, it intrigued me. However, if I was Harper, I’m not sure I’d know what to think. I doubt he’d actually read all of those books – the man must be much too busy! …which is precisely why Martel has launched this project – he has decided that Harper is a busy man, giving off the appearance of one who has no time for leisure reading, thus he has taken it upon himself to guide Harper’s reading journey.
Do you think it’s a thoughtful gesture? Or a bit presumptuous?
I will be most interested when Harper himself takes a few minutes to reply to one of Martel’s bi-weekly letters. As of yet, the only replies sent out are brief official ones from his aides and assistants to confirm receipt of the books.
On a similar note, I also wonder what Martel would list as some of his top favourite reads, and in turn which authors cite Martel as their literary influence. The info on Wikipedia appears to be non-existent, and elsewhere online, it’s quite scant. If you know of any names, head over here to add it to his page.
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