on 24 November 2009
This is a unique piece of work and unique also for Gide who wrote it when he was suffering life threatening TB. Written in a romantic style it is a celebration of youth and life and every page is a feast of experience. I have for many years always kept a copy of this close by for whenever life seems bleak because it restores faith in living. It reminds us as the years pass by of the headiness of being young. A perfect book to pick up and put down, to open at random, to read on hot afternoons in a shady peaceful spot and to soak up the cornucopia of juicy wine, sunny days, love in the moonlight and exotic gardens of Arabia and the rebelliousness of youth. A book that has the rare ability to remain unfinished precisely because it is always open to constant perusal. Pick out a paragraph here or a chapter there. It is immaterial in so many ways to read it in order but it is always open to inspiring and profound thoughts for the day.As Gide says, 'We cannot plan our joys'!!!!
on 18 July 2012
This is one of those books which can grab you right from the beginning, and have the potential to be life-changing! An amazing read, especially if you are searching for inspiration. Not many authors encourage the reader to throw away their book, but Gide is one of them!