Recently a list of books went around Facebook–they were supposedly suggested by the BBC as books everyone ought to read. One title, “A Town Like Alice,” was on the list, and I had to mark it as unread because I’d never ever heard of it.
But a couple of my facebook friends raved about it, so I bought a copy off Amazon.com and recommended it to my bookclub. It was our book-of-the-month.
We haven’t discussed it yet, but I just wanted to tell you that this IS a must-read. It’s an older book, written in a slower style (reminded me a little of Jane Eyre), but it’s based on a true story that came out of World War II. Apparently it was required reading in schools at one point, because I found several online study guides. But by the time I passed through high school, at least, the book had fallen from favor. One of my book club members told me that she couldn’t even find a copy in our local library system!
That’s a downright shame. After reading–and loving–the story, I found two movie versions of the book: an older, black and white movie, and a newer mini-series. The newer version is available only on VHS (and I’m not even sure our tape player still plays), but I found the old version on Amazon’s video on demand. For $2.99, I was able to download it and watch it on my computer. I found it a faithful, if highly condensed, rendition of the story.
A TOWN LIKE ALICE is so refreshing because it honors qualities we don’t see as often as we used to–honor, bravery, sacrifice, generosity, love. It’s not a “Christian” book, but God is present between every line. I highly recommend this to you, but read the book first. Wherever you can find it. 🙂