The Literary Blog Hop hosted by The Blue Bookcase is such a great way to meet fellow book-bloggers who
share an enthusiasm for literary fiction. I’m excited to be joining in. This week’s question is:
Talk about one author that you love and why his or her writing is unique.
The answer to this question would probably vary from day to day depending on the particular literary haze I’m floating around in just then. Today, I can’t think of anyone I love more than Ruskin Bond.
I grew up reading his stories for children collected in his Children's Omnibus. Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra, Room on the Roof and Scenes from a Writer’s Life are the best of his books for grown-ups. In fact I really can’t think of any Ruskin Bond book that I haven’t loved.
What sets him apart is that most of his stories are set in the small towns and villages dotted about the Himalayas. His writing style is as unhurried as the pace of life in these places. Every page he has ever written is steeped in his love of nature and compassion for all living things and yet he never sounds preachy. His storytelling is so incredibly gentle, so devoid of pretensions. Reading a Ruskin Bond is almost like having a beloved grandfather tell you a bedtime story. He isn’t trying to impress you or patronise you, he just wants to tell you a good story.