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Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones
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bookshelves: completely-devoured, novels-you-shouldve-read, pralines-en-route

During a pleasant stay at a small hostel at the top of a steep hill, or possibly a small mountain in Sorrento, a young woman once discovered a bookshelf. At the top of this very low and wide bookshelf a sign was positioned. It said "Grab one and leave another behind". The young woman got curious, and stepped a bit closer. She let her eyes wander over the shelf, and it truly held books of all sizes and shapes. Some were small and dusty, abandoned rather than left for someone else's joy, others were tall and sparkling new, clearly left behind because the owner had had to free up space in his or her backpack (it was a backpacker's hostel). Some were in Italian, or Portuguese. A few were in German, but as it often is on these bookshelves, most were in English. Imagine her surprise when she came upon a torn, sad paperback that was in Swedish. How unusual, exotic almost! What on earth was that sad thing doing there? It was after all a small hostel, not ideally located there, far above the rest of the city, although the view was to die for. It is true sometimes, you know, what they say: no pain, no gain.

As this particular novel was written in the unusual language 'Swedish', she had to pick it up. What did her fellow countryman, adventurous like her, enjoy to read? They had this hostel in common. Could they have more in common? Such as, their taste in books? So, she picked the sad little thing up. It had a few scars, but it wasn't sad, as she had thought at first. More like, well cared for during a harsh journey. The previous owner had taken good care of it. She read what was written about it on it's back and love was in the air; it sounded perfect. It also felt very good in her hand. If it feels like a book sort of belongs in your hand, you know you're in for good ride.

She read the book a little here, a little there, a little everywhere. On the Circumvesuviana from Sorrento to Napoli, and on the train from Napoli to Roma. On the beach. In the bed at night. Sitting at the windowsill, enjoying that amazing view across the city and the turquoise sea that stretched out at its bottom. On the bus to Positano, although, just for a short while because that bus ride was devilishly nasty. Speeding heavily at narrow, winding mountain roads she felt as if they were going to fly for a bit in the sky before crashing into the mountain at just about every turn. She also felt like throwing up for most of the ride.

She loved the book so much she didn't have a heart to leave it behind for somebody else to read when she left the next hostel. Instead she brought it along on her journey, and later, home with her. She lent it to her father, who had quit reading because he was too tired all the time. She thought it might encourage him to read again as it was of a historical nature, about a cathedral that existed for real in Barcelona. It painted an awfully beautiful and fascinating picture of then-Barcelona, and he loved all kinds of history.

He loved the book, too.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
July 20, 2009 – Finished Reading
August 4, 2012 – Shelved
January 9, 2013 – Shelved as: completely-devoured
January 9, 2013 – Shelved as: novels-you-shouldve-read
January 9, 2013 – Shelved as: pralines-en-route

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message 1: by David Sven (new)

David Sven A review about your experience with a book. I like it.


message 2: by Kat (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kat Thanks David!


message 3: by Candace (new) - added it

Candace One of my favorite reviews Kat!


message 4: by Rob (new)

Rob David Sven wrote: "A review about your experience with a book. I like it."

Oh that's who "she" was...I was so confused.. O.o

Great review. I don't think I have any fun book stories of my own.


message 5: by Kat (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kat Thank you guys!


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