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A pragmatic, simple view of what drives us under normal circumstances: desire to be -- most ambiguously -- happy. The main message of the book is that it is nearly impossible to predict what makes us happy any time but now. Therefore, the best we can do in making decisions that affect our future is to ask for advice from people who have already experienced what we think may make us happy. Then, just make sure we do the best with today. While this message is not fresh, the delivery is. Funny, clever, solid writing deliver a series of carefully selected lectures on introductory psychology, supporting key points by results of experiments and simple analogies. In the end you start watching yourself rationalize your own decisions and smile internally: "I read about that one." And make a better decision, easier. The book is not preachy, solid, funny, and useful.
I wasn't sure at first about the correspondence (letters and some telegrams) only means of telling this story, but soon I came to enjoy it and think it was an excellent means of revealing things in mostly but not completely chronological order. Lots of finesse that way. Told this way the tone was also great, showing the characters personalities off both from their own perspectives and those of their friends and neighbors who mention them. A lovely tale of love, friendship, values, personal development, it takes place shortly after WWII and highlights the occupation of the english channel islands. Loved all the characters both eccentric and ordinary, especially the protagonist Juliet and her new family she finds: quiet husband Dawsey (to whom she had to propose) and adopted daughter Kit, whose brave mother died in a concentration camp after defending a fellow prisoner. Quick read enjoyable but not impossible to put down (that can be good sometimes, no?).
I really liked this book. It started out kinda slow with a long part introducing characters and setting the scene but once it got going I had trouble putting it down. Most of the book follows the main character after he has been shipwrecked in the middle of the ocean. It's an interesting adventure story if you can make it past the boring beginning part.
This book is filled with adventure and romance, suitable for children. It was a fast read because it was such a good and engaging story. It is based on a fairytale so the fantasy is good for those who like or dislike fantasy.