Today it’s all about one of the books I’ve read whilst on holiday in Italy for the last 10 days.
This book is one of the most wonderful and inspiring books I’ve read in quite a while. Seriously. Actually I can’t even remember when I was amazed by a book so much.
I can see Oppen Porter standing in front of me. This humble, lanky, naive young man trying to get his life right.
Oppen’s story is full of little nuggets of wisdom. I could have marked a quote on every second page if I had a highlighter on the beach with me. Lucky you – I didn’t, thus I won’t spam you with quotes now. But here’s two of the most philosophical ones about life:
– One of the properties of life is that there’s phases where nothing changes for a long time and suddenly everything changes.
– Another property is that every event, unconcerned how small it is, could happen one way or the other and then everything that comes afterwards would be different.I believe I’ve actually learned something about life whilst reading this book and little Juan-George will learn a lot from it as well if he gets to hear it one day. And if it was a true story, which it isn’t, but I happen to forget it sometimes, because I got lost in the book so much and actually believed it’s true.
The whole of Antoine Wilson’s novel is very charming, with likeable and real characters, educating and wonderfully philosophical. You can’t help but smile about all the little anecdotes and Oppen’s experiences give you food for thought.
I can’t recommend this book enough. You’ve got to read it. It’s not one of those thrilling ones or super romantic lovestories, but it’s much more. It’s a story about life. Real life.
If you’ve read the book, don’t forget to leave a comment about what you thought of it. And maybe you know some other books that are inspiring in a entertaining way. Please leave your recommendations as well, I’d love to read more books like that.