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Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
3 May 2018
So, when I first read the description I thought "this book is not for me". It was an historical fiction novel (great so far) from the point of view of a 217 year old dog who has followed his owner through the centuries. I could not have been more wrong with my first thoughts on this title and I am so pleased I have read it. I raced to finish it because I needed to know what was going to happen and then felt that familiar sense of loss at having finished it! The writing was incredible and had me hooked from the first page. The themes are as relevant to us now as they ever have been - humans bent on their own destruction at war, contrasted with the beauty of humanity through art, architecture, music and literature. It explores family, friendship, love, loss and social justice, to name a few of the topics touched upon. Reading it, I was reminded of this quote:
Tomorrow and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Only, in this instance, the candle is anything but brief and that's the point. What difference it would make to our limited days if they were suddenly unlimited.
Thank you to NetGalley, Michael Joseph, Penguin UK, and Damian Dibben for the original thought-provoking ARC, provided for the purposes of an honest review.
I have subsequently purchased a copy of this book to give as a gift.