This was a book I bought years ago but hadn’t got to reading yet. A book challenge I’m taking part in helped me to shift it from to-be-read to read shelf, and I’m glad that I did read it.
I’m one of the few who enjoyed Mathematics as a subject in school. That’s why this book immediately appealed to me, and I had to procure a copy.
Children tend to believe something a guide/mentor tells them. They’re young, and cannot really understand that each person has their own magic within them. This book takes that idea in a literal sense.
There are quite a few short stories from Jeffrey Archer which have been released as single short books, possibly to create interest in the larger collection. This was one I recently came across, and is originally from the collection Cat O’ Nine Tales.
I think most of us would have grown up reading fairy tales, and would still love rereading them, or reading them to children. There’s that feel good factor in them that makes them enjoyable and makes us happy. When I read the title Unfairy Tales, I was wondering what I was in for with this read.
The power of the written word is such that it draws attention. The words accepted by some, ignored by some and at times, protested against by some. But we do forget that it is knowledge, useful to few people. Yes, words can incite extreme reactions, but to burn books is to burn knowledge, and that would definitely be cause for alarm.