Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Lost Art of Gratitude

I am so grateful for what Alexander McCall Smith continues to teach me about writing and about being human. In the world of adrenaline pumping television dramas and novels, The Lost Art of Gratitude is a welcome change of pace. Nothing much happens in the story, but so much about life is conveyed. The descriptions of Isabel’s feelings toward her lover Jamie and her son Charlie are priceless. The storyline about Brother Fox connects us to what it is to have compassion and to love. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Books are not mute, she thought; they have things to whisper…”

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