Playing Catch Up / Obsession of the Week


>OOW: Re-Designing

 

Interviews took over my life last week, and so I find myself struggling to get back on track this week. I made a list of things to do today and so far I’ve crossed off half of them, which makes me feel better – but there is still a lot to get done.

I’ve decided to comment on Gala’s Things I Love Thursday and use the space on my own blog here to have a feature instead called Obsession of the Week. A long time ago I had a website devoted to this and I’ve decided that the time has come to bring it back.

This week my obsession has been The Little Book by Selden Edwards. A beautifully constructed time travel novel, The Little Book follows a man named Wheeler and his adventures in 1875 Vienna. The author spent 40 years writing this book and the dedication to detail and construction is near flawless. For those interested in time travel novels and Victorian times as well as those who love a good character development story with a twist of adventure.

Here’s the synopsis on BN.COM –

“Thirty years in the writing, Selden Edwards’s dazzling first novel is an irresistible triumph of the imagination. Wheeler Burden—banking heir, philosopher, student of history, legend’s son, rock idol, writer, lover, recluse, half-Jew, and Harvard baseball hero—one day finds himself wandering not in his hometown of San Francisco in 1988 but in a city and time he knows mysteriously well: Vienna, 1897. Before long, Wheeler acquires a mentor in Sigmund Freud, a bitter rival, a powerful crush on a luminous young woman, and encounters everyone from an eight-year-old Adolf Hitler to Mark Twain as well as the young members of his own family. Solving the riddle of Wheeler’s dislocation in time will ultimately reveal nothing short of one eccentric family’s unrivaled impact upon the course of human history.”

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