Anchors Aweigh!

When I was a little girl, I imagined myself owning a boat one day and sailing away to unknown lands. I also thought the falling-in-love-with-a-pirate part could be left aside.

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When I was seven years old, my Dad encouraged me to read “Dick Sand, A Captain at Fifteen” by Jules Verne. I have to admit it was sometimes hard to keep track of everything in the story but I believe that was the first book that made me dream and awoke my wanderlust. Of course, coming across dangerous adventures and tough choices to make made it sound even more amazing!

A while ago, one of my French teachers in high school made me discover a contemporary writer, Le Clézio, who wrote this breathtaking book called “Hasard” and as much as the story is very different from Jules Verne’s captain, I couldn’t help but remember this childhood dreams. I remember our teacher insisting on the book’s title, “Hasard” which can both refer to either luck or something unpredictable. I read this book in two straight days while my desire to travel was growing stronger and stronger. Come to think of it, I might read it again and rediscover things I’ve forgotten. This calls for a book review, doesn’t it? 😉

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