Every year for the past many years, I have been devoting a day to read the latest Daniel Silva thriller featuring Gabriel Allon. There have been 20 books in the series so far – and I have read all of them. The latest one, “The Order“, was published a few days ago — becoming available in India before the US. I spent Sunday with Allon. Even though I do like thrillers, there is no other character I afford this privilege to — of reading the book as soon as it has been published.
Allon is a character you cannot but help admire. And at times when I face a challenge, I cannot help but ask myself, “What would Gabriel Allon do?” (He is an assassin, but my point is not that — it is about the way he approaches a problem.)
In busy times like now, it becomes difficult at times to create contiguous time to read fiction and transport oneself into the world created the author. The joy of sitting in one place for many hours reading is a feeling that has become increasingly rare in our busy interrupt-driven lives.
PS: Another excellent book I read recently was “A Burning” by Megha Majumdar.