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The Little Book by Selden Edwards
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bookshelves: time-travel, ten-out-of-ten
Read in May, 2009

Don't be fooled by the title!
This is a big book in every way: a book that will tick all the boxes and cling to your memory from the moment you turn the last page.

Wheeler Burden suddenly finds himself displaced from 1988 San Francisco to 1897 Vienna, and the description of that city at that time simply takes your breath away.

Though not an out and out time travel tale it nevertheless brings together all the delights that you could wish for from that genre: Wheeler suddenly confronted by his much younger father and so on.
To say anymore would ruin the classic moments as they unfold, all nicely interwoven with the appearances of Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Gustav Mahler and Buddy Holly.

Beware: if you have a little of the sentimentalist about you, this book will tear at your heartstrings like no other. If you aren't a sentimentalist then I feel sorry for you - you are missing that warm feeling I have now whenever I recall this clever story.

It doesn't get any better than this.
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