Maltese author Charles Flores talks to Stanley Borg about the books he keeps around his home. He states that apart from his compulsory reading he usually reads prose but turns to poetry in his weaker moments (my links):
A book I finally got round to reading of late and which soon turned into an obsession was Amin Maalouf’s The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, given to me as a present last Christmas. It not only gave me a new insight into the sad spectacle of so many inhumanities over such a personal thing as religion, but it introduced me to the Lebanese author. My journalistic training compels me to go for the faster, unfettered style in a book. I also have a tendency for liberal and irreligious views backed by a general tone of sincerity and camaraderie.
Usually I read prose, but turn to poetry when I’m feeling a bit down or sad. Wit has to be there in all its forms. I am now breaking my compulsory reading, by revisiting Sartre’s Nausea.There are also three or four books which have been started simultaneously and now wait hopelessly for my attention. These include The Lexus and The Olive Tree by Thomas Friedman and a fascinating collection of short stories by a group of Australian creative writing students, Inkshed 13.
Godfrey Wettinger’s Slavery has also been beckoning on the shelf for far too long and so has The Kiss, a collection of 20th Century Hungarian short stories. My favourite books until now can be linked to a particular emotion. Precious is the collection Chinese Poems edited and translated by Arthur Waley. Uplifting is the whole series of books making up Spike Milligan’s war autobiography. Nostalgic is Linji Godda, the 1960s benchmark in Maltese poetry.
Poems by Charles Flores
Island to Island by Charles Flores