Friday, December 5, 2014
"Wonderland Creek" by Lynn Austin - delightfully whimsical
I got a big kick out of this book. I'm not sure it was meant to be as funny as I found it, but I could relate frighteningly well with the heroine, and that, more than anything, was what brought out the humor in the story.
Alice believes in the protection and preservation of books, and I can wholeheartedly agree with her protective stance regarding folded page corners, creased spines, and damaged covers. It is a crime.
As Alice points out, organization is key - how else can you find the book you're looking for and make sure it isn't lost? A jumbled, unorganized library is a crime.
While I have never read a novel during a funeral (or during church or a wedding ceremony, as my parents would never ever have allowed it), I have been known to get caught up in a book basically everywhere else (trust me, The Scarlet Pimpernel was WAY better than watching Seven Years in Tibet in 11th grade geography).
So maybe my life, like hers, is lacking in excitement, but isn't that what books are for? I mean, who wants a body to fall down in front of you spurting blood from a bullet hole in the chest? It is much better to read about such things than to experience them. Except that poor Alice, on her first morning trapped in this bizarre Wonderland, gets to experience it first hand. From then on, she is too busy dealing with the body to read, and suddenly, she is experiencing life.
Alice does start out rather selfish and oblivious to the world around her. As much as I love reading, it isn't my life, and it shouldn't be anyone's life. We need relationships. We are to be in the world but not of the world - and, while books can certainly drag us away from the world, at the same time they are of the world. The author does a fine job balancing a love of books with the importance of living life, not just reading about it.
This book is a delight - while amusing, it does not lack in heart. Written in Alice's first person perspective, we get a clear picture of her personality, but even better, we can see her growth and faith journey every step of the way. With a relaxing but steady pace, it has a whimsical air perfect for a leisurely day of reading.It definitely deserves the 2012 Christy Award for Best Historical! 5 out of 5 stars!