Wings To The Mind

“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”

― Plato

Thank you, Dawn (The Day After) for sharing this quote!

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Before I ordered this e-book and even when I finished reading the first chapter, I kept asking, “Do I need to read another novel about WWII?” I’m glad I did.

This is how the author describes Paris under the bombs:

“He feels that he’s look not up but down, as through a spotlight has been shined into a wedge of bloodshot water, and the sky has become the sea, and the airplanes are hungry fish, harrying their prey in the dark.”  p.92

“The fire pool and strut; they flow up the side of the ramparts like tides; they splash into alley, over rooftops. smoke chases dust; ashes chases smoke.” p.94

This book is the winner of 2015 Fiction Pulitzer Prize. “imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology.”  — Pulitzer.org

Marie Laure, a blind 14-year-old French girl had to flee with his father to the countryside of France when Nazi occupied Paris. To get Marie Laure familiar with the town, Saint Malo, his father built a mini model of the town for her. The stone houses, alley, the narrow winding road… that described in the book reminded the beautiful Limeuil (one of the most beautiful villages in France) we visited several years ago.

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“The Tour” is about a group of travelers from different states of U.S, they went to Ireland joining a 5-star tour. A Wall Street banker, a divorcee, a musician, a cop, and a professor, each has his/her own agenda for this trip. Jean Grainger skillfully weaved their stories into a novel. Though they didn’t find what they had in mind before the tour, they were all well connected at the end. A delightful reading.

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Finishing reading “The Tour”, I was referred to Jean’s another novel, the “So Much We Owed”.

Right before WWI ended, Dr Richard Buckley lost his best friend. When the war ended, he traveled back home to Dunderrig, Ireland from France with his best friend’s widow who had lost everything she ever loved and had no one to turn to. Soon, his wife, Edith, withdrew into a silent world after giving birth to twins; stories started from there… It’s a historical novel about love, betrayal, loyalty, and bravery.

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