Today’s card is One Hundred Years of Solitude
You are shipwrecked on a deserted island, all alone. As debris washes ashore, you spy a sealed trunk. Inside, there is a single book. What book is it?
Oh my god! My worst nightmare, only one book! After much deliberation, I think I’ll have to say The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman – is anyone really surprised? 😂😂😂
For those of you who don’t know, The Sunne in Splendour follows Richard Plantagenet from his childhood to his untimely death at Bosworth in 1845. Penman strips back the ugly myth of Richard, the vile hunchback king who murdered his nephews, The Princes in the Tower, and redeems him. Richard III might not horrible tyrant Tudor playwright, Shakespeare, wanted us to believe.
Born in the treacherous courts of 15th century England while the Yorks and Lancastrians fight for the crown, Richard was raised in the shadow of his charismatic brother, Edward IV. We see Richard as a loyal man, one who would defend his brother and friends to the death; as a man who is passionately in love with one women, his queen, Anne Neville. Filled with battles, court politics, 15th century customs and the passion of royalty.
After spending some time on this island, you discover that, in fact you are NOT alone! You’re been marooned with one other literary character (or author). Who would you want to share your island with?
After much debate, I would choose Prince Hector of Troy. He is one of my all time favourite characters. I think he was the true hero of the myth and the only character who acted with honour.
That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know what is your deserted island book.
Until next time, happy reading!