Perseus in the Wind

Perseus in the Wind - Freya Stark

Though it may be unessential to the imagination, travel is necessary to an understanding of men. Only with long experience and the opening of his wares on many a beach where his language is not spoken, will the merchant come to know the worth of what he carries, and what is parochial and what is universal in his choice. Such delicate goods as justice, love and honour, courtesy, and indeed all the things we care for, are valid everywhere; but they are variously moulded and often differently handled, and sometimes nearly unrecognizable if you meet them in a foreign land; and the art of learning fundamental common values is perhaps the greatest gain of travel to those who wish to live at ease among their fellows.

Perseus in the Wind was my first foray into Stark's writing but will certainly not be my last. 

I enjoyed every single meditation Stark included in this collection of short essays. Some I enjoyed as novelties, some I disagreed with, some made me think, some just spoke to me, but all of them were beautiful in their own right.


Stark points our herself that she was not formally educated and that her thoughts are merely that - her own take, but when she writes, it feels like she's used her observations of humanity to pin-point some very essential truths.

And yes, I loved the writing, too.


Previous Reading Updates:

Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 172 pages.

Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 172 pages.