Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Little Book by Selden Edwards

I have just finished reading a very intriguing book entitled The Little Book by Selden Edwards. Although not a little book itself (400 pages), this story is an unusual mix of historical fiction set in late 19th century Vienna and of time travel.

Two members of the Burden family, Dilly and Wheeler, are transported to Austria at the same time, although arriving from different time periods. There are flashbacks to 1988, Wheeler's actual time period, and to the 1940's, the last era of Dilly, but what is quite amazing is how the author entwines all the characters, many of them ancestors of the two men and many famous personalities such as Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, even Adolph Hitler. It does all connect in the end in a very satisfying way.

1 comment:

Kara - Reference & Reader Services said...

Loved your review, Ceil! The cover art of this "little" novel is beautiful and it makes me want to see what lies inside.