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Negarit #36:: ባህሊ መጽሓፍ – Love of Books

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  • Abrehet Yosief

    Selam Ustaaz,
    Excellent presentation. Thank you very much for sharing. I second the suggestion by Haile S. to do a series of videos on each (specially the older/out of circulation books). It will be a great service to us.

  • Haile S.

    Selam Saleh,

    Superb, superb and superb! I loves books. Even if I don’t read them for what ever reasons, I love to touch, to turn the pages, to caress them. I feel like the ink travels inside me through my fingers. I am a horder of the eye. I cannot buy every book that I see, but keeping it for few minutes on hands is like reading a chapter and having an autograph of the author. I don’t read as much as I use to do more than two decades back. I am saying this not because I owe a disclaimer, but because your short presentation took me back to that time. It was in 1990, because the dormitory I was renting use to subscribe to Figaro-magazine, I use to read it regularly. Only the bourgeoisie reads that magazine. The proletariat like me did by opportunism. One day I see a section entitled “Thesiger: The Lawrence of Abyssinia” of course in French. I immediately ask myself, who is this Thesiger and run to the oldest english book store in Paris and buy “The life of my choice” by Wilfred Thesiger. I read it from a to z. The photos he took were magnificient able to compete in top competitions of photography. Where have you seen such beautiful coronation photos of Haile-Selassie or the captivating images of the Druzes?
    Saleh, I am sure you have already captivated the curiosity of many of us for CULTURE. Thank you a lot.

    • Saleh Johar

      Thanks Haile,
      You made my day. Someone criticized me claims the clip was all about me because I didn’t tell about the contents of the books I think he mistook the clip for a book review. Now, how long would it take me to review Thesiger going through all the gems, like iyassu, the Arabs, the Druze, the pictures, etc.

      My goal was the encourage people to stop depending on one liner knowledge and go for books. I wanted to kindle the curiosity of many young people who are fast forgetting what books are. Is there anything as good as reading a book in bed and going to sleep with the book and it’s smell over you face. That is the feeling that many are missing, if we forget the knowledge one gets from books.

      Honestly, I get the same reaction like the one you and others expressed here from the people I talk to. I am content for the results so far, but the journey is too long. I hope I get an inspiration to find ways of continuing this without boring the viewers.

      Merci beaucoup mon ami

      • Haile S.

        Je t’en prie mon ami!

        Saleh you said “I hope I get an inspiration to find ways of continuing this without boring the viewers”. A talk show that present books would be your next greatest service you could give to our society. Listening to few citations of a book and commentaries of readers and/or response of authors is like reading a good chunk of a book. Consider it seriously.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Hi SGL.

    Carefully prepared very educational and constrictive..Those books are very good…. and That Tegadalay Saleh Sabe should be respected..that is also history …


    • Saleh Johar

      Ahlan Kokhob,
      It’s nice to hear from you.

      I am glad you liked the episode.

      Indeed, Sabbe was the most abused person during the struggle era, and the most underappreciated person, after independence. I think the entire regime’s brains cannot equal his intellect.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam SG,

    Well said and well communicated. Good job for those who have not habit of reading.