A review of a book about an elderly woman, her grandson, and penguins.
|I was wary about this book, as I am about many books that people rave over, an issue I have. I often read these books long after the heat has died down. I don’t know why I normally do this, but I’m inclined to think it’s linked to not following the crowd.
However, this time I gave in and decided to read this, and at first, I wasn’t at all sure if it was my sort of book. It turned out to be one of the best books I’ve read.
The beautiful, but funny story of an elderly woman, deciding that age wasn’t a barrier to doing anything should be something we can all hold onto. Not to be scared to try something new, or we might miss out on something amazing. Also, not to judge people at first glance, find out their story before jumping to conclusions. I believe the writer is trying to make this a huge part of her story, especially the fundamental gap between the young and the elderly. She tries to show that the gap isn’t as large as we think it is if we each bother to find out a little about the other.
This book made me laugh and cry in equal amounts, and beneath the whole thing is a very real story of penguins, how they live and how we are impacting on their lives. Beautiful in so many ways. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. And for those who don’t like to follow the crowd, I’d say perhaps break the habit, just this time, and read it.