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Thursday, November 24, 2011
A Lifetime in the Making...
A few weeks ago, a blog reader approached me and told me he loved a book I recommended, and he had one I should read. He described it to me, and it sounded up my alley, so I picked it up and gave it a try.
Lately I've been turning over the concept of "predestined love" and it seems I am involuntarily reading a spate of books that explore this idea. However, The Little Book by Selden Edwards is much more than a love story. A book that took thirty years to write, it spans ninety-one years with a grandiose historical setting, taking on pivotal historical moments, family relationships, time travel, and love.
Wheeler Burden grew up in California, went to high school in Boston, and college at Harvard. He was a famous rock and roll musician during the 1970's, but when the book opens, he is strolling through 1897 fin de siecle Vienna, with no memory of how he got there.
Wheeler will go on to meet Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, and other members of the influential "Jung Wien" of Vienna. The reader is treated to insights to his childhood and past, including the story of his mother and father. But how he got to Vienna, how he will get home, and what part the "little book" within the book will play, are all questions that will keep you reading until the end.