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[Book Quote Tuesday] Solitude As A Form Of Resistance

Albert Camus Notebooks 1951-1959.

Myra here.

It is that time of the week again where we share a book quote that seemed particularly striking for us.

For the month of November, our book quote theme is: RESIST

This has been quite a hectic semester for me, with a new administrative role that comes with greater expectations, more tasks to complete, more paperwork that needs to be signed, sealed, delivered – all the while navigating my way through distance learning as I teach undergraduates and PhD level students. This quote reminds me that even privacy and solitude can be an act of resistance. But as Albert Camus wrote in his Notebooks (Amazon | Book Depository):

You need to breathe. And you need to be.


Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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