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Posted May 24, 2013
I came to this lovely book serendipitously; I bought Whatever Happened to Sophie Wilder? (Recommended by Marvin Olasky in WORLD magazine) And I was looking at other books by Christopher Beha. The author celebrates, learning, living and love – in the midst of tears, and also simple pleasures. The subtitle captures his recounting of reading through this slender volume: The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everthing Else.
Describing what he thought about some of the writers in this collection is artfully woven into vignettes he describes of his family, health, and writing. His recollections of a year devoted to reading through the Harvard Classics reminded me how much I missed in university! He left me with an impression of being on a “grand tour” of all that has been wonderful in western civilization with a gentle soul and friend. He made me reconsider why I keep writing, and that learning is never over as long as we are willing to read and think about what politicians, philosophers, poets, explorers and dreamers have written.