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NC Weil has commented on (2) products.

The Solitaire Mystery: A Novel about Family and Destiny by Jostein Gaarder
The Solitaire Mystery: A Novel about Family and Destiny

NC Weil, November 10, 2014

Do you enjoy books whose interwoven stories surprise and delight? Do you like a little magic with your realism? Jostein Gaarder's wonderful novel The Solitaire Mystery is: the travels of a boy with his father to Greece, "homeland of the philosophers", in search of the mother/wife who has left them; a tiny book embedded in a sticky-bun, which the boy reads with a magnifying glass given him by a dwarf; the story of the baker of that sticky-bun; 52 playing cards plus a Joker... And all those stories come together in a most satisfying conclusion. I read it to my adolescent sons, and we all found it fascinating.
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Little, Big (P.S.) by John Crowley
Little, Big (P.S.)

NC Weil, July 21, 2011

"Fairy tales are for children." Except in the world of Daily Alice and John Drinkwater, of a house with 5 fronts, a changeling, and relatives who give a nod to Oberon and Titania. The orrery turns in concert with the planets wheeling overhead, and fates smile favour on city refugee and Grandfather Trout alike.
If a life not chained to logic and likelihood has any appeal, you ought to wander in Crowley's wonderland. Without breathtaking feats of sleight-of-hand, Little, Big touches your longing for a world where magic is your Sancho Panza.
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