Naga Chokkanathan

The Waiting Place By Eileen Button

Posted on: July 20, 2011

I don’t know about you. But I love waiting. Of course, I hate queues, but waiting is altogether a different matter. You can bring fun into the process of waiting by taking a book with you, wherever you go – whether a wait is expected or not.

Instead of a book, you may use a music player, or a mobile games console, or paint in your iPad, or simply observe people around you. Whatever may be the technique, with the right attitude, wait time can become very rewarding and enjoyable.

Eileen Button’s book "The Waiting Place" is a very unique work, which contains a collection of essays about waiting. She uses various everyday scenarios where we wait, and tries to describe precise experience from those moments.

When you write about waiting, the challenge is, you will have very few ‘characters’ and very little ‘incidents’. You may have to rely on your thought process and capture it in writing with as many details as possible. On the flip side, it may be VERY boring for others.

Eileen doesn’t seem to have this problem at all and describes even the tiniest experience in an enjoyable manner. Me being a fellow-wait-lover, I was able to see myself in the book and love every waiting opportunity. It was a delightful reading experience and I won’t mind reading it again, next time I am waiting on a train station queue!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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