“Things are what they are, and whatever will be will be”.
Besides the captivating title (The hundred year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared) it was the reassuring tone of this line that got me hooked. A declaration of intent: “Here I am, right here and right now, standing alone between the Contents page and Chapter 1 and holding my own!”. I felt calm already and moved on to the 389 pages that followed, happy as a cat in the sun.
Shout if you loved it just for its wit and originality, and plainly by-passed the copious references to 20th century politics. For me the amount of historical facts sealed the deal, but it left me wondering: Do you need to be an international studies scholar to find this book so appealing?
Nothing glassy and jarry today, but then it is only day 1 of ofglassandbooks! Then again, I did look up some canning starter kits just earlier…