Why aren’t all books like this?

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The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder

5/5

Better known for Sophie’s World, which is, for me, over-rated and predictable in its approach – and subsequently fairly dull. This second story by Jostein Gaarder is infinitely more inventive, creative, charming and fairy-tale-like.

One of the few stories I’ve read more than once and one of the few I carry around so I can share it with as many people as possible. It is also the first book that comes to mind when I think of favourites and inspirations, and peer over my shoulder glancing for landmarks.

It has left an indelible impression on me (in many ways).

Life-affiriming stuff indeed that makes you feel all good inside.

Go on, get busy on the rainbow fizz(y).