BookReviewSunday: The Solitaire Mystery


The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder.

The Solitaire Mystery, or as it’s called in Swedish Spelkortsmysteriet is a magnificent book about a young boy and his dad traveling Europe by car to find the mother who many years earlier left them to find herself in Greece. Along the way the boy, named Hans Thomas, encounter difficulties and mysteries which all seem to connect to a deck of cards and a tiny book.

This is my girlfriend’s favorite book of all times and I can see why. Except being cleverly written and despite Gaarder’s wittingly storytelling this book brings up serious (and huge) subjects such as loneliness, believing in yourself and the purpose of life.

The dad, also my favorite character in the story, is a self-declared philosopher who collects jokers and do what I presume most self-declared philosophers do: think, a lot. At more than one time the philosophizing…

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