The voice

18 Dec

All the day’s chores done, I lie on the sofa in our living room, with my feet up, watching TV with the OH.

Suddenly, I hear a voice. It is the voice of a tough-as-bricks lady, who takes nonsense from no one.

‘Saumensch,’ it tells me.

I jump.

‘Saumensch’ – there’s that voice again. This time, I realise the voice is inside me, in my head. Rosa Hubermann.

I relax immediately and smile.

The OH asks what is wrong with me.

‘This is what happens when a book gets under your skin, creeps up your veins, and crawls into your brain,’ I tell him.

He gives me the oh-that-dotty-wife-of-mine expression.

‘You should read The Book Thief, too. It will crawl into your brain, too,’ I tell him.


This is non-fiction, starring the OH and me. For those of you who did not get the reference, please click on the link in the post.

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20 Responses to “The voice”

  1. greenboochi December 18, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    I can relate! I can relate!

    Will somehow get the book soon :)

    • The Girl Next Door December 18, 2013 at 8:27 am #


      It is a wonderful book. Hope you get to read it soon. :)

  2. cupitonians December 18, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    That does it, this book is going to be on 2014 book reading list!

    • The Girl Next Door December 18, 2013 at 8:27 am #


      Yay! It is a wonderful book. I’m sure you’ll love it.

  3. Swaram December 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm #


  4. R's Mom December 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Okay am searching for this one :)

    • The Girl Next Door December 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      @R’s Mom

      You should totally read it. I bet you’ll love it, too. :)

  5. kismitoffeebar December 19, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    I love it when that happens. I dreamed of Parnassus last :) Sometimes, I just wake up from a dream and look for a character from a book – I love that feeling. I always go back to sleep with a smile :)

    • The Girl Next Door December 19, 2013 at 11:35 am #


      That happened to me, too. I dreamt of Aurangzeb and Jahannara when I was reading Shadow Princess, in all their regal splendour. :)

  6. Arch December 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Oh wow! Everyone around is recommending this book! I gotta get it!

  7. Veens December 24, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    Did you read Sarah’s Keys? ANother one I would really want you to read (like shake you up, and tell you to seriously read it now – kind of want)! Seriously, I cannot tell you how i felt while reading it and long after it too!

    • The Girl Next Door December 24, 2013 at 5:14 am #


      No, I haven’t read Sarah’s Key yet. I have heard a lot of good things about the book, though, and your praise for it makes me want to pick it up immediately. :)

      • Veens December 24, 2013 at 5:31 am #

        No kidding, wait I think I have the ebook, gimme sometime and I will smuggle it to u if I can find it lol

      • The Girl Next Door December 24, 2013 at 5:32 am #


        Sure! Sounds good. Search search! :D

      • Veens December 24, 2013 at 5:34 am #

        Sure wait till evening, need to get to pc to search

  8. girlinjammies January 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    I am currently reading it too. It is captivating :)

    • The Girl Next Door January 2, 2014 at 4:26 am #


      Yes, it is a fantastic read – so sensitively written! I will be finishing it in a bit. :)


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