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Teaser Tuesday – ‘Other People’s Trades’

OtherPeople's TradesTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!

This week teaser sentences come from the second of the two books by Primo Levi that I borrowed from the library last week. This one is titled Other People’s Trades, and is a collection of essays in which Levi looks at a wide range of different topics, including butterfles; humanity’s exploration of space, and even something as simple as his own home. So far it’s brilliant, especially his incredibly accurate observations of humanity and the way in which we fit into the world. Here are the sentences:

“So I must be less sensitive than the average person to the suggestions and influences of the environment, and not at all sensitive to the prestige which the environment confers, preserves or diminishes. I live in my house as I live inside my skin: I know more beautiful, more ample, more sturdy and more picturesque skins: but it would seem to me unnatural to exchange them for mine.”

What are you reading this week?



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  1. That last sentence is fantastic… It’s true that we can get so caught up in admiring or envying others that we’d consider trading places, but when we really stop to consider it, would we actually swap! And the devil’s advocate in me wonders if we’re simply afraid to leave the familiar behind (not literally, of course, unless you know how to swap skins)… Anyway, great food for thought!


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