short plane trip

Quick reads for a short plane trip.

If you have read any of my previous articles, I am sure you will not be surprised to know that I am not a native English speaker. If you had the misfortune of listening to me speaking in Dutch, you could easily tell that I am neither Dutch-born. If you see me in a bar you can figure out I am Spanish and from Granada, in the deep South of Spain.

I am a Spanish middle aged man (still wondering when and why people started using that adjective to describe myself) who lives in Haarlem and happens to work for a Scottish based company (one day I will write about the joys of imposing my thick Spanish accent on my Glaswegians colleagues).

This means that I spend quite some time on planes. I don’t particularly enjoy small hot spaces full of strangers who might or might have not taken a shower, so you can imagine that flying is not one of my favorite activities. However, I have found out that short flights are great to read short books.

And yes… All the above was just the build-up to talk about three short books you can read on a plane.

Brokeback Mountain, by Annie Proulx

This masterpiece of short fiction tells the story of Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar, two cowboys who share a small cabin and fall for each other one summer while working as herders.  Their unexpected and moving relationship is not only a beautiful and quick read but also inspired the Academy Award-winning film by Ang Lee, starring Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway.

Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel García Márquez

Twenty-seven years ago, Santiago Nasar was murdered. All the townspeople knew it was going to happen. But nobody did anything to prevent the killing. Chronicle of a Death Foretold is not your usual murder mystery, and in just over 100 pages, Gabriel García Márquez manages to bring an entire town to life while racing to his story’s shocking conclusion.

The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

One of Hemingway’s most famous works, this very short novel tells the story of Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Cuba. This story of heroic endeavour won Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature. It stands as a unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man’s challenge to the elements.

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As usual, the above is a small and very biased sample of my favourites short novel.  Let us know in the comments which ones are your favorite ones and why.

Lucas Amaro García