Welcome to my feature, Pastime Pleasures, posted every other Friday. Today is the turn of Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo.
I will look at books that have given me great pleasure in the past. These are books I can read over and over again. The only rule is that the book must have been published five or more years ago.
Morpurgo manages to weave a lovely story that mixes fiction with reality, giving an insight into the effects of being far away from home, while maintaining a sense of hope for the future. Alone on a Wide Wide Sea also shows that aftermath of war and how its repercussions are ongoing.
This book shows the importance of family and how you should follow your dreams. In the beginning of the book Arthur receives a key from his sister Kitty showing the family bond but also the door you need to unlock so that you can achieve your dreams.
Written in from two perspectives – the father as he grew up as an orphan in the Australian outback to the present day, and his daughter as she circumnavigates the globe in an attempt to find her father’s long lost sister.
Set in the ‘real world’ Alone on a Wide Wide Sea still magically manages to transport you because “There’s room for all sorts of magic and miracles in this world – that’s what I think.”