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August 21, 2015


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thanks for sharing will definitely order


(From The New York Times)

WHEN I’M AT HOME, I write just about everywhere, but usually I start in the living room before migrating to the garden. The garden is my favorite place, although the weather restricts my use of it to the spring and summer. It is an inhabited space: lightning bugs during the night, birds during the day and even a deer in winter. Last winter, a deer stayed with us for a full month — sitting under the magnolia tree I write under in the summer, sheltering herself from the snow. My main writing companion is a cardinal, whom I call the Cardinal, as he is the king of our garden. Sometimes he knocks at the window of my office in the house, as if to remind me of the garden’s call.

I sit on the red bench, my papers and notebooks scattered around me. Pondering is the major part of my writing. It is during those moments that the garden disappears and becomes the world I write, transforming itself into the city of my birth, Yaounde, in Cameroon. I stop writing at midday, in the garden, under the tree.
Winters and rainy days are another story. The cabin is one of the reasons why I was attracted to our hundred-year-old house. Its original function was to serve as a home for ducks, chickens and rabbits. Now I use it to work on my novel, and to retreat from the weather, the house, the garden and the Cardinal.



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