Cruising down the idyllic palm tree lined hallway with various motorbikes and heavy pick-up trucks screeching their horns at maximum decibel levels , playing deadly games of chicken , in between Halong Bay and Hanoi, I was somehow reading my book amidst the chaos. I guess after long enough in Asia , I’ve learned how to cope the the death races on the road. As long as it’s not driving , I’m alright with it. Anyways , as I was reading , I came across a receipt in the book.
2105 Levis Commons Blvd.
$3.00 Sub Total
+ .20 Tax
That’s funny enough seeing as how I bought it at
288 Taikang Rd.
Shanghai , China
but upon further inspection of the book it is revealed that this book started out at
The Free Library of Philadelphia
Lovett Memorial No 43
6945 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia , PA
Tucked on the final page is a hastily scrawled illegible signature , dated 5-30-2008. Who is this mystery person?
Who transported you book? Was it someone I know from my native state of Ohio?
(Oddly enough Google Maps told me how to get from the USA to Tianzifang , Shanghai , China with the vaguely nebulous “traverse the pacific ocean , but didn’t know how to get from Shanghai to Hanoi.)
This book is well-traveled and appropriately enough as it has a Vietnamese author and features short stories taking place in locations such as : Columbia , Vietnam , Tehran , New York City , and Australia.
And where will you go ?
I had a chance to trade it in at the amazing
44 Chau Long St
Hanoi , Vietnam
but something kept me from doing it. I wanted to save it and read it again.
One day though , she’ll get set free , and she’ll be free to roam once more.