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It’s not often that I don’t know where to start. There is so much to say about this book and as many elements to it. This is one remarkable woman’s fascinating story.
I’m not even going to go into the main element of the book because I’ll leave that for you to discover yourself, but it’s one of the most fascinating accounts of the subject (and the experience) that I’ve ever read. Do her words make me want to try it myself—do they hell!
Without that storyline (brilliant), we still have so much to this book. High-flying, jet-setting businesswoman travelling all over the world, both in and out of her career. We meet her people and her lovers. We venture with her buying houses and going on every one of her adventures.
We travel the world, and for anybody who loves a good travelogue, this is the book for you. We delve into countries, culture and mysticism. I’ve been around the world in two weeks, and it was wonderful.
Satu retires early to pursue her passion, for want of a better way to describe it. She has money and buys her house. I loved doing it up with her and exploring her Swedish forest. She sells that house and buys another one, with another gorgeous lake and another dense forest with boar, wolves, and moose. Again we do it up with her through the day and then sit under her horse chestnut tree at night watching nature put on a show.
We are privy to her love life—the people she meets the people she likes—and those she falls out with. But part of the joy of this book comes in the description of three special characters, Arthur, Max and Molly. I challenge you not to fall in love with little Arthur.
The crux of the story is mindblowing. The descriptive passages aren’t always pretty, but they are always intense. This story is deep, and I’ve skirted over the profound journey in search of a missing person—by the end of the book we find her.
All the way through the narrative, we have Satu’s ideas and thoughts. We have science, cultural and political endeavours, and failings—then a whole heap of weird stuff that the average person will never experience.
This book is beautiful, poignant, down & dirty, sweet loving and informative. At the end of the book, we explore European history and culture in a fascinating culmination of one lady’s life and times.
Brilliant and recommended.
Born in South Shields, Tyne & Weir, Katherine Black lives on the tip of the beautiful British Lake District. She lives with her partner, father-in-law and 4 dysfunctional but co-mingling pets. She is mother, grandmother and secret keeper of all. She is Best Book Editors’ principal editor.