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But since this is a book review blog, I am must talk about books. And fear not, dear reader, this book I am talking about is a very nice one indeed. Kirstan Hawkins' Dona Nicanora's Hat Shop is absolutely delightful. I am so glad that this was the first book I finished in 2012. Set in Bolivia, Hawkins has given the reader a little gem that resonates with all that we cherish and celebrate in life - love, friendship, dreams and memories. Dona Nicanora is a 40-something mother of three - who made one major mistake in life - and then some. From the book jacket:
Surrounded by forest and reached only by a treacherous road, the sleepy South American town of Valle de la Virgen is almost unknown to the outside world. But after a silent stranger rolls in on the back of a pick-up truck, nothing is the same again.
|The town of Vang Vieng (Image Credit : Birdy)|
Valle de la Virgen's mayor's comical efforts to bring the tourists in reminded me of just the same. The tourists like to come all the way, spending 1000s of dollars so that they can sit in a Cyber Cafe and drink coffee and order pancakes, the mayor wryly tells his assistant Ramon at one time. Indeed!
And what of Nicanora's dream of opening a hat shop? And her enduring relationship with the fat balding little Don Bosco, the barber everyone loves? There is much to love about them - the characters in this book are just like you and me, or rather more like me (I think I can easily describe myself as fat, balding little SoulMuser ;-)), and their hopes and ambitions real and down to earth. At the end of this rather rambling review, let me just say this comes highly recommended. Going to Valle de la Virgen is just as good as a cappucino in a cafe. And you know what? Way better.
Verdict: Highly readable, a delight!
Rating : 4/5