Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Solitaire Mystery

A 12-year-old boy, Hans Thomas and his father set out on a car trip through Europe, from Norway to Greece in search of Hans Thomas's mother, who left them many years earlier. On the way, Hans Thomas receives a mysterious miniature book - the fantastic memoir of a sailor shipwrecked in 1842 on a strange island where a deck of cards come to life.

solitaire mystery
The Solitaire Mystery was published in 1990 and written by Jostein Gaarder, a Norwegian intellectual and author of several novels, short stories and children's books.

The Solitaire Mystery has a philosophical content, but it does not explicitly mention philosophers and theories, thus, the reader of the book may be unaware that he or she is actually engaging in philosophy. The book encompasses several philosophical themes; the obvious ones which are covered in the overall plot, but also little snippets here and there.

The Solitaire Mystery weaves together fantasy and reality, fairy tales and family history. Full of questions about the meaning of life, it will spur its listeners to reexamine their own.

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