It is now 3:30, and all I have accomplished for the Read-a-thon are finishing the "required reading" for Midnight's Children which will be posted on April 30 and the first 80 pages of Baltasar and Blimunda.
You mustn't think that I've been only sitting in my chair with a bone china teacup filled with Darjeeling, though. I've been to see my dear parents, read my emails from work, tidied the kitchen while preparing for dinner and wondered how it can possibly be mid-afternoon with so much as yet unread.
Interestingly enough, there are many similarities between Midnight's Children and Baltasar and Blimunda. While the former is set in India, and the later in Portugal, they both tell of the woes of a nation through spectacularly creative eyes. Bravo, Rushdie! Bravo, Saramago! But, more on that later. For now, it's back to my nook.