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The Solitaire Mystery

Jostein Gaarder; Translated by Sarah Jane Hails

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The story of a boy and his father on a car trip through Europe, searching for the boy's mother, who left many years ago to find herself. Structured as a deck of cards -- each chapter is one card in the deck -- The Solitaire Mystery subtly weaves together fantasy and reality, fairy tales and family history.

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The Solitaire Mystery
SPADESACE OF SPADES... a German soldier came biking along the country road ...THE GREAT JOURNEY TO the homeland of the philosophers began in Arendal, an old shipping town on the south coast of Norway. We took the ferry, the Bolero, from Kristiansand to Hirtshals. I'm not going to say much about the trip down through Denmark and Germany, because apart from Legoland and the large dock area in Hamburg, we saw little more than highways and farms. It was only when we got to the Alps that things really began to happen.Dad and I had a deal: I wasn't supposed to complain if we
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"Playful, ingenious, frequently moving."--Kirkus Reviews
 
"[An] offbeat delight, ontology masquerading as an ingeniously constructed fairy tale."--Publishers Weekly

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  • Jostein Gaarder; Translated by Sarah Jane Hails

  • Jostein Gaarder was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1952. He taught high-school philosophy for several years before publishing a collection of short stories in 1986 and, shortly thereafter, his first two novels, The Solitaire Mystery and Sophie’s World, and several others since then. He lives in Oslo with his family.
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