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The Coolest Book In The Library

Jostein Gaarder

The Solitaire Mystery

I’m usually in the kids and youth section when I take these pictures so this time it’s one of my favorite novels from when I was a teenager (100s of years ago). I even wrote a paper on this one.

Jostein Gaarder is probably mostly known for Sophie’s World, a philosophical novel which almost every kid in Scandinavia (with some sense) has┬áread. This one is also a philosophical novel but without being obvious about it. It’s really obscure at times which is one of it’s charms but mostly I remember it drew me in like only a few other books have ever done. Here’s a little description from Goodreads:

Hans Thomas and his father set out on a car trip through Europe, from Norway to Greece - the birthplace of philosophy - in search of Hans Thomas’s mother, who left them many years earlier. On the way, Hans Thomas receives a mysterious miniature book - the fantastic memoir of a sailor shipwrecked in 1842 on a strange island where a deck of cards come to life.

Structured as a deck of cards - each chapter is one in the deck - “The Solitaire Mystery” weaves together fantasy and reality, fairy tales and family history. Full of questions about the meaning of life, it will spur its listeners to reexamine their own.

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  3. thegirlwiththeloontattoo said: I love Jostein Gaarder — his book, Maya, is a favourite.
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