The Flower Show & The Toth Family – István Örkény

The Flower Show

A Hungarian friend in Managua gave me this book, consisting of two novelas by a writer (a countryman of hers) who I’d never heard of before. ‘The Flower Show’ is a good story and, despite the fact that it deals mostly with how people die, it has unexpected humourous moments. ‘The Toth Family,’ however, is not only highly original but it is wonderfully written and at time laugh-out-loud hilarious. I will never forget the jumping-over-shadows scenario (sorry for the private joke – but either find this copy…or buy your own. Either way, read it). Having read The Toth Family I would read anything I could get my hands on by István Örkény.

I read this book in Panama City and by the beach at El Palmar, Panama. I left it at Hotel Casco Antiguo, Panama City. Hope you found it.


Kitbaggers book project – travel literature on speed.

Have you ever handled a classic paperback and wondered where it’s been and whose hands it passed through? Do you love the well-handled look of a book that’s obviously seen decades of serious mileage through places you might only have imagined?

This project was conceived long ago through a conversation (in San Jose, Costa Rica) between a group of friends who’d wondered about these same things and thought it would be interesting to try to trace the history of just a few random books that we read on the road.

More than just a review – this is also the story of a single adventurous copy that’s probably still out there touring the world somewhere. Let us know if you find it.

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