I’m sooo happy! So ecstatic I could graciously process that annoying sensation you have when one of those New Age clichés becomes real and you wonder why, if it is so, you are not living your dream 24-7.
I finally bought the last book of The Hunger Games trilogy!!
It was a long longing that at a moment became a hunt to end as what seemed a lost hope.
I fell in love with the story and mostly with how it is written, last November when I borrowed them from the library. I kept the books all summer long and re-read them several times. I tried to buy them in Uruguay but I could only find the second book. In December 2013, I travelled to Buenos Aires and my beloved friends helped me through an insane search which resulted in my buying the first one through a website from a woman who had bought it in English by mistake. Yet, number three was missing.
I came back to Uruguay determined to get the third. Uruguay has a very limited market for books in English and at the only bookstore that imports them, they told me that they were not planning to bring it. However, I did not give up. I knew that the book would arrive at Buenos Aires on January 16 and I was decided to buy it online and have it sent to me. The problem was that the shipping was too expensive and I couldn’t afford it.
I still hoped; so in March, when a friend of mine travelled to Buenos Aires, I saw my chance coming at last; but at that time the book was sold out and I ended empty handed again.
Everybody in Uruguay is buying clothes and stuff online for the cheapest prices without paying shipment if the parcel weighs less than two kilos; so I felt my hopes reborn, specially after finding out that the book costs 8 dollars in Amazon, but… books DO pay shipping and it was three times the price of the book. I felt as the tragic hero who cannot reach victory no matter how hard she tried. Yet, I made it a point to go and ask for the book everytime I happened to walk in front of the bookstore. I did it for two months until I convinced myself it was useless and I abandoned my quest.
I … let it be.
Yesterday, I walked into the bookstore looking for a novel to read and never thought of the book until I saw Books One and Two on the shelf… I couldn’t believe my eyes and I couldn’t believe that the only one missing was number three!!! I asked the attendant in dismay about the third and didn’t understand, at first, when he told me that it was just in front of my eyes!
What else can I say!! I thought of my friend Paula Brook Green and everything she says and writes about and couldn’t but accept the truth of it all and, as I said, I was too happy to worry about why I could get a book I thought lost because the Universe aligned itself with my wish, but my stories aren’t read by millions by now.