Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Book I Read On my Birthday


As you may recall I sent out a request for titles, which I received in abundance, in order to indulge on my birthday. I have compiled them into a list and I mean to try each one, but in the mail last night there came an unexpected surprise.

I forced myself to wait to open it until today, the official day of my birth, and while sitting with my scone(s) and cup of Ceylon tea, I finally opened the first package from Lesley.



I have not even opened the second because I'm so absorbed in the first. What an enchanting tale! The writer became deathly sick from some virus acquired in Europe to which no doctor was able to find a cure and from which she had long relapses of poor health. Such that she required a studio apartment as opposed to her 1800's farmhouse, and a caregiver.

But some friend brought her a snail, tucked under the leaves of a violet plant, when she came to visit and it is this snail about which the story revolves. Imagine making friends with a snail! And yet, it shows how connection to a living thing can mean all the difference to our healing. 

"Though holding and reading a book for any length of time involved levels of strength and concentration that were beyond me, watching the snail was completely relaxing. I observed without thinking, looking into the terrarium simply to feel connected to another creature; another life was being lived just a few inches away." (p. 33)

Thank you, Lesley, I'm loving it.

One more thing. Look what Google had on my homepage today:


For me?! How does it know? :)

18 comments:

  1. Wow. How deep and different. I never would have guessed this was as good. I'm so glad you're enjoying it and look forward to your review.

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  2. What a lovely gift. Happy birthday!

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  3. Happy birthday! Glad that you are enjoying the book!

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  4. Now that is a good friend with good taste. Happy Birthday and enjoy!

    In this vein since I may have missed recommendation day, I mention In the Country of Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett, another quiet, lovely book.

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  5. Thanks for reminding me about this book. I purchased a copy when it was first released and then put it on a shelf and forgot about it.

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  6. Happy Birthday! I would have to open all the packages. haha. I admire your restraint!

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  7. Of course for you!!! (We may have let it slip....) xo

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  8. Lovely! Happy Birthday! But I don't know how you resisted opening the second package.

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  9. Awww. It sounds like you're having a lovely birthday. The book came just in time. Happy birthday.

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  10. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful gift :)

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  11. I love the concept of that story. Have an enjoyable birthday. Seems you have a head start on that!

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  12. Happy birthday, Bellezza! Enjoy your book and your special day, at a snail's pace. :)

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  13. Happy Birthday, Meredith, I hope you have a wonderful year, no stress at all :)

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  14. Happy Birthday Bellezza! You have some wonderful traditions - scone, tea and a good book for your birthday sounds divine. Listening to a wild snail eating sounds a little bizzare, but I'm sure now you've mentioned it, I'll pick it up if i see it somewhere. I'm with Kailana tho, what was in the second package?????

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  15. Happy birthday! Gorgeous choice of tea and book - hope you had a wonderful day :)

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