The book that I'm currently reading aloud to Inspector Climate is Richard Burton's translation of 1001 Arabian nights. Me thinks it will take us several years to read the whole thing (it's three volumes of over 1000 pages each). There a couple of things that made me what to read this book in particular aloud.
First of all, I remember my dad telling me how much he loved reading these books back before he had kids in the house he built with his own hands on cold winter New England nights. He used to tell me some of the stories as he'd rub my back before I fell asleep at night.
Second of all, because of that memory, it's on my life list to read.
Third, when I asked to borrow the book from my parents (we only took the first volume back to Australia with us), I opened up the first page and on the inside cover my mom had written a little note to my dad. It is just so sweet that when they were first living together they shared these stories. Let's say it together, awwww.
The drawback of reading this translation aloud is that it was written in 1885. So not only am I stumbling around trying to pronounce Arabic names, but I'm reading all these thous, thees, and thys in funny sentence structure and while that's well and good while you're reading it to yourself. Out loud, at least, I get a bit tongue tied. Good grief, it's a bit of a slog some nights. (We're going to take a break shortly and read some thing a tad lighter...see why we'll be reading this out loud to each other for the rest of our lives).
However, the best part of this book are some of the phrases.
I thought I'd share a few of my favourites:
'The love I felt would make my gallbladder explode.' How romantic!
She was a slender stalk of sweet basil (this is my favourite and I now say it all the time to Inspector Climate. I'm a hater of the pet name. The first time (and the last time) Inspector Climate called me babe I said "please don't call me that, I just threw up in my mouth a little).
'Close buttocks' and if that wasn't explicit enough 'belly bumping' - meow! The dirty talk.
And probably the most used phrase. 'To marvel with exceeding marvel' ah yes.
So what's causing you to marvel with exceeding marvel today.
*so far no one has said these lines...but it will happen. I can just feel it.