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Lost in a book

I noticed her on the U Bahn.  A young girl of about 8 or 9, who seemed totally engrossed by the book she was reading.  And it was a big book, too, for someone of her age.  The story had obviously completely captured her imagination.

She got off the train – with her nose still stuck in the book.  She went up the escalator, walked along the corridor – all without ever looking up.  She was in another world (while thankfully still managing to negotiate the real one quite successfully). 🙂

A girl after my own heart!  Maybe it’s escapism but I love stories that capture me, that I get lost in.  Characters that I would want to have a chat with in real life.

One of the joys of “starting over” in a new place is that I have had the time to join 2 different book clubs.  What fun to read books that I might never have discovered otherwise!  Here are 2 recent favourites.

The Einstein girl, by Philip Sington

This was certainly a page turner that was fascinating on so many levels!  Set in Berlin in the 1930s, I was intrigued by the way Sington describes the atmosphere in the city.  It’s a place still shaped by the effects of WWI and of the Great Depression.  So often we look at that time with the benefit of hindsight.

It was also fun to discover that quite a few places haven’t really changed.  In many ways, Berlin is still Berlin.

As for the actual story, I won’t spoil it for you.  Just read the book yourself 🙂

The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis

Totally different but equally as fascinating and intriguing!  I was sorry to miss the book club meeting as there would have been so much to discuss!  Here is an excerpt from a review on Amazon: “The book’s primary message is presented with almost oblique tidiness–“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.'” However, the narrator’s descriptions of sin and temptation will hit quite close to home for many readers. Lewis has a genius for describing the intricacies of vanity and self-deception, and this book is tremendously persistent in forcing its reader to consider the ultimate consequences of everyday pettiness. –Michael Joseph Gross”

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