Gradually Hans Thomas unravels the mystery of the cards, The Solitaire Mystery the follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Sophie's. Editorial Reviews. musicmarkup.info Review. Jostein Gaarder had an unlikely international success with Sophie's World, a novelized exploration of western. Arthur Brisbane was a run-of-the-mill newspaperman, no better and no worse than a he receives free publicity in newspa.
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The story of a boy and his father on a car trip through Europe, searching for the boy's mother, who left many years ago to find herself. Structured as a deck of cards -- each chapter is one card in the deck -- The Solitaire Mystery subtly weaves together fantasy and reality, fairy tales and family history. We took the ferry, the Bolero , from Kristiansand to Hirtshals. It was only when we got to the Alps that things really began to happen. Dad and I had a deal: In return, we agreed to make lots of cigarette stops. These cigarette stops are what I remember most clearly from the time before we reached Switzerland.
Hans-Thomas begins to read the tiny book using his new magnifying glass and the story then alternates between Hans-Thomas's journey and the story in the sticky bun book. Sticky bun book[ edit ] The sticky bun book tells the story of an old baker whose grandfather gave him a drink of a wonderful liquid he called Rainbow Fizz Rainbow Soda in the American edition. It came from an island which the grandfather had been shipwrecked on as a young man. On the island lived an old sailor called Frode as well as 53 other people who did not have names and they referred to themselves as the numbers on playing cards 52 cards plus a Joker.
The Ace of Hearts was particularly enchanting and Frode had quite a crush on her even though she was forever "losing herself". Crossing over of worlds[ edit ] The two stories of Hans Thomas's journey and the events in the sticky bun book start to overlap: However, the cards' predictions as told in the tiny book begin to reveal details about Hans Thomas's own plight to find his mother. It occurs to Hans Thomas that his mother bears a striking resemblance in her personality to the Ace of Hearts in that she 'loses herself' disappears for long periods.
Also, throughout Hans Thomas's journey, he has seen the same odd little bearded man following him about the man who gave him the magnifying glass which proved so useful to read the sticky bun book. But whenever Hans Thomas approaches the little man, he seems to dash away and vanish. The baffling thing for Hans Thomas is that he stopped for the cake merely by chance, and chose to eat a sticky bun by chance - how is it possible that a tiny book from a random bun is telling him things about his own life?
In the same manner, his Dad also misses a portion of his life as he grew up in Arendal as the illegitimate child of a German soldier before running away to become a sailor.
These are the times when philosophical discussion rolls on. His Dad believes that human beings are artificial objects and that humans can also create artificial humans or robots just like how we are created.
They were in Switzerland when a dwarf appeared to Hans Thomas and gave him a magnifying glass. He attempted to tell his Dad about the dwarf but his Dad philosophized instead.
Hans Thomas realized its purpose later when he found the miniature book. This mysterious occurrence led them to the mountain of Dorf where they stayed for the night. A kind old baker gave Hans Thomas a fizzy drink while his Dad had his regular dosage of alcohol.
Before he left, the baker gave him four sticky buns. It is in the biggest bun where the little book was hidden. Hans Thomas and his Dad planned to bring his mother back home once they find her in Greece.
The main plot evolves in their travel and stop-over and alternately the story in the sticky-bun book.
While Hans Thomas peaked through the little book with the magnifying glass, his Dad roams around drinking alcohol, collecting Jokers of playing cards and philosophizing. His Dad would say "If our brain was simple enough for us to understand it, we would be so stupid we wouldn't be able to understand it after all.
It was his Dad who asked the question of the origin of human being. Have you thought about that? Hans Thomas did not tell his Dad about the little book as he internalized the secret it was trying to reveal to him. Unknowingly that the story would solve the mystery of his past, he reads the book using the magnifying glass without being noticed by his Dad.
The book has an introductory letter addressed to whom the author assumes to be his son, and in this sense is Hans Thomas who is reading it. His name is Ludwig who came in the mountains of Dorf in after the war in Germany. He met the old baker named Albert Klages who told him about the story of the magic island which was told to him by Baker Hans.
Ludwig explains in his letter that he does not want the story of the magic island to be a sensation. It captures attentions for one day, then it is forgotten. It is better for only one person to know the secret of the dwarfs, rather than for everybody to forget it.
He landed on the magic island after saving himself from the shipwreck. There he met the dwarfs whose images were similar to the characters of the 52 playing cards. The island is a community of dwarfs who have designated roles and tasks according to their card symbols. As Baker Hans encountered each of them, he realized that they never answer his question of where they come from.
They talk about things unfamiliar to Baker Hans and when asked about their existence and nature, nobody grasps his message. Instead, they drink a liquid in a small bottle that they carry always. Albert mentioned to Ludwig a Rainbow soda that Baker Hans offered him to drink but for a small quantity and told him that he could only drink it once in 50 years. This could have been the liquid which the dwarfs drink when they are in a confused state just like when Baker Hans tried to ask them unfathomable questions.
The fantastical scenes in the magic island are full of adventure and mysteries. The dwarfs have extraordinary lifestyle and personalities which appear normal among them, still portraying a society of their own.
After a few days of roaming around the island and observing the routines of the dwarfs, Baker Hans was led to Frode, whom the dwarfs pay high respect and allegiance. Frode is a normal human being who was shipwrecked with a large cargo of silver in en route from Mexico to Spain.
He revealed to Baker Hans that he created all the dwarfs based on the 52 playing cards who started as his invisible friends. Everything was a product of his loneliness. He had been putting up conversations among the cards in his minds until one day he began to meet the dwarfs, who are the playing cards that came to life. As originally part of a deck of cards, the Joker does exist in the magic island. He is not a club or diamond, neither heart nor spade.
He suddenly appears in the island while the dwarfs live in harmony with the shipwrecked sailor. He pokes them with self-consciousness, and just like what happens when Baker Hans asked them questions about their origin, they get confused and isolate the Joker.
Having been fond of collecting Jokers, the father of Hans Thomas told him that a philosopher is like a Joker in a deck of cards. He explained the meaning of philosopher by using Socrates as an example. And people who are satisfied with what they know can never be philosophers. Watching his parents making up for the long separation, Hans Thomas continues to grope for the answers of his own questions. When they arrived back to Dorf, they learned about the death of the old baker who gave Hans Thomas the four sticky buns, one of which had the miniature book.
It was only that time after so many years that his grandmother was able to reach her lost husband. The old baker turned out to be the German soldier who left to become a sailor. By then, Hans Thomas somehow found the answer to the mystery of the story in the sticky-bun book which actually has something to do with his ancestors, tracing his past.
He wonders whether everything was destined to happen and that having the sticky-bun book is not just a coincidence. However, before he could justify that everything is for real, the sticky-bun book and magnifying glass were stolen most probably by the same dwarf who never showed up any more after that. In the end, Hans Thomas was skeptical about the whole thing although he is likely to believe that having the miniature book and knowing the secret of the magic island have something to do with his past and that it was really a destiny.
No question crosses my mind more often. As Socrates said, the only thing I know is that I know nothing.
He will make sure that the world never rests. Whenever possible — wherever possible — a little fool will jump out wearing long donkey ears and jingling bells. He will look deep into our eyes and ask, Who are you? Where do we come from? This hanging ending, a technique that Gaarder has been effective with, projects that the novel is neither suggesting that there is really an almighty or supernatural being, a god may be, like Frode to the dwarfs, who created us, nor convincing us to believe in destiny.
This novel until it ends simply awakens our once curious minds to wonder again of the strangeness of the world, the mysteries behind our existence and the purpose of our so-called Life.
By the end of the story, each of them finds the missing piece of their own puzzled identities. The Rainbow soda also symbolizes the man-made easy-way-out from miseries and sufferings.
Although, its effect is temporary, humans still cling to its effect and take their lives for granted. Each of us must have once asked these by ourselves on our childhood or even on our dying days.
But, whether or not such mystery is yet to unfold, not all of us dare to grope further for answers. Philosophy Fatalism Fatalism is a philosophy that we are incapable of controlling the things that happen around us. Rather than taking choices and being responsible of their consequences, fatalists tend to argue that there are logical laws and metaphysical necessities that govern the lives of human beings. They also appeal to the existence of and nature of God.
There is a popular belief that our lives have corresponding patterns and that we cannot counter the changes of events.