The first time I’ve ever remembered, when I read my first book.
Besides, I was up for a great start, since the choice was between Sir Walter Scott, Jules Verne and J. R. R. Tolkien.
Considering I was 4, the trilogy of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ actually looked bigger than I was, therefore I humbly passed.
‘Ivanhoe’, however, introduced himself on a black, rampant horse. I’m not saying it scared me, but I decided to pass on that one too.
Then my eye fell on ‘The Mysterious Island’, with its gorgeous and colorful cover, which announced what great adventure was about to start.
That cover got a special place in my memory, with the image of the young boy, probably Harbert Brown, walking around in the wild and mysterious forest, where a tiger is waiting – even though I can’t really remember anything about the tiger’s role in the book.
At 4, I just learned how to read and I peered with excitement through the lines, finding it astounding how these people could steal a hot air balloon and run away from a civil war, to crash-land on a mysterious island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – only later they come to know it’s not that far from the coast of New Zealand.
It’s not just impressive how they get out of many difficult situations with interesting genius – like making nitroglycerine to blow a granite wall, in order to build the Granite House. It’s also enthralling the mysterious help they get, when they don’t even know they need it.
I don’t know what you think about it, but this sounds a lot like the plot of ‘Lost‘, the sci-fi series by J. J. Abrams. At least at the beginning, because I stopped watching at half of the second season, so I have no idea what happens next.
Anyway, let’s get back to the book.
I remember my father testing me, to see if I was actually reading and understanding the book, or if I was just pretending to make him happy. He was so proud – and surprised – to realize that I was enjoying the book so much.
No wonder, it was an exciting start. Though, it was only just beginning.
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