The Solitaire Mystery: A Novel about Family and Destiny

The Solitaire Mystery: A Novel about Family and Destiny

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by Jostein Gaarder, Sarah Jane Hails, Hilde Kramer, Hilde Kramer
     
 

From the acclaimed author of the international bestseller Sophie's World comes a modern-day odyssey filled with magic and meaning, fantasy and truth. The Solitaire Mystery weaves an astonishingly original tapestry of tales, both real and imagined, from the viewpoint of a twelve-year-old boy named Hans Thomas. On a car trip through Europe with his…  See more details below

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From the acclaimed author of the international bestseller Sophie's World comes a modern-day odyssey filled with magic and meaning, fantasy and truth. The Solitaire Mystery weaves an astonishingly original tapestry of tales, both real and imagined, from the viewpoint of a twelve-year-old boy named Hans Thomas. On a car trip through Europe with his father, Hans searches for the mother who left them years ago. At the same time, he immerses himself in a fantastic miniature book that only he can read: the strange, whimsical adventures of a sailor on an island where a deck of cards has come to life. A brilliant balancing act between rhyme and reason, reveries and reality, The Solitaire Mystery invites the reader into both worlds, each chapter represented by a different card from the deck. In the end, the journey of Hans Thomas becomes our own, a universal search for meaning and fulfillment that not only enchants, but enriches our hearts and souls.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425159996
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Solitaire Mystery: A Novel about Family and Destiny 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this novel at the age of twelve, and it's one of the select few I've re-read. The story is such that readers of all denominations (or lack thereof) can relate. Highly recommended for those that appreciate thought-provoking stories off the beaten path.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Books dominate my home; even with six bookcases, there are also quite a few 2-foot-high stacks of books that haven't don't have a bookshelf to sit on. But after I finished Solitaire Mystery, I deliberately cleared a place next to my most treasured books -- signed hardcovers of favorite authors -- for it. It was much too important to me to leave lying in one of those piles on the floor. // Part of the enjoyment for me is the rare combination of simplicity and complexity. The adept mixture of magic into a very real world is good enough to recommend the book on its own, but the way multiple literary threads are woven into a deceptively easy-to-read tapestry appeals to me very much. // I would recommend Solitaire Mystery to anyone who likes to ponder alternative explanations for commonly accepted events, anyone who enjoys allegory or especially multiple levels of allegory, anyone who enjoys good writing, any adult capable of still living the best parts of young adulthood, and for that part, anyone. Because so many of the tapestry's threads are common ones in my family (travel, cards, literature (we tend towards librarianism), etc.), Solitaire Mystery is the object I have deemed most worthy of giving to my mother this year for Mother's Day. Soon I will think of a good excuse to give it to my sister as well. // Enjoy!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
To me this is an awesome book. it definately compliments the bible even though it is not religiously based. i love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the most creative stories I have ever read. You can see similarities between this and Sophies World (another great Gaarder book) but I think this is the better of the two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was absolutly amazing. It is now my favorite book. It gives an interesting look at family and fate while still playing on the side of fiction and fantasy. I couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of a young norwegian boy, that travels to Greece with his father, to find back his mother who left them, receives a magical touch fairly early in the book; a small book comes in Hans¿ possession and a magical world is being opened up. If you read the story in the story, you become completely absorbed by this world and you¿ll be amazed of the fine webbing of this story. The carefully build up & brilliantly constructed story turns and flows, touches and confronts. The reader will definitely feel a changed person, after realizing the contents and if he or she stops and thinks about the raised questions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel, The Solataire Mystery, was an outstanding book. I recommend this book to anyone from teenager on up. I read it my senior year in high school, but have also enjoyed reading it again and again since then. If you are a believer in fate and destiny this book will definitely spark your interest and also adds a little insight into philosophy. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book by Jostein Gaarder reminds us all of the beauty of life. He challenges us, through the Joker and the other 52 cards, never to lose the excitement of a breathtaking sunset and never to forget to follow our dreams. The parallel stories of the boy and the deck and the boy searching for his mother make the book twice as interesting. This is a must read for anyone who still has some soul-searching left to do!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's just so amazing. i love how the 52 cards are 52 people. Guaranteed to be great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will read this book over and over again it just gets more and more interesting everytime you read it. For once its a book that is genuinely interesting. While its not overly complicated it definately makes you think. Everytime you read it you pick up on something new. Great book, i would recommend it to anyone