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Tales of Protection

by Erik Fosnes Hansen

Very long but beautifully written and absorbing. Read it for luminous depictions of bees in the hive, and love and relationships in a tiny community of lighthouse keepers' families, and breathe the very air of Renaissance Italy.
You may or may not find out more about coincidence theory, causality, or synchronicity on the way.




Extract

Perhaps the story of Josefa begins a dozen years earlier and even a few more years before that, already before she was born, before she had run the first barefoot steps in the fine white sand or jumped from pebble to pebble on the beach, before she had taken her walks on the island in the lee of Sandon's tall solemn pine trees and sung her songs, and before she had collected her treasury of shells and round stones, of amber and seagull eggs, of Roman coins, Carolingian silver, and Hanseatic pennies washed up by the waves and given to her from unknown deeps and times that still lay hidden out there.




Translated by Nadia Christensen

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
 

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