5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Short and sweet, but a little bizarre!,
This review is from: Caroline: A Mystery (Hardcover)This is a lovely little book! It begins as a simple, but engaging story about one man's bond with a donkey, but it slowly ventures away from reality, leaving you questioning what is true and what has just been invented by the author. It is very cleverly written and it took me a while to work out what was happening. The text is initially littered with fascinating facts about donkeys, but when I found myself wondering whether or not donkeys really can play chess I realised that I'd been had!
"The exhilarating novelty of playing chess with a donkey more than made up for the successive defeats, and Caroline was positively skittish when we finished; she butted Arthur playfully in the back as he was returning the chess pieces - marked faintly with the imprint of her teeth - to the box."
My only criticism is the word "Mystery" in large type on the cover. I picked this book up because I was in the mood for a bit of crime solving and so was a bit disappointed that I wasn't able to exercise my brain cells in that way.
This is a short, but sweet book that could charm even the grumpiest of souls. Anyone who knows me would point out that any book described as "charming" would normally send me running in the opposite direction, but for some reason Caroline didn't have that effect. I think that this was because the bizarre escapades of the impressively intelligent donkey entertained me in such an original way. I'm afraid I can't let you know any more about the plot for fear of ruining this lovely little book, but I hope that I have revealed enough to intrigue you.
I recommend it, especially as a gift to animal lovers.