"To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the willingness to answer some very simple questions: What tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together."
Nuwara Eliya "floating over the clouds" (Ceylon Orange Pekoe). Described on the label as "The 'champagne' of Ceylon teas. Highly aromatic, delicately & tangy. This is a perfect afternoon tea uniquely enhanced by a slice of lemon or milk."
The Blue Fox by Sjon (2008) 112 pgs. pb, translated from the Icelandic
This is a beautifully told story that opens with a man tracking a blue fox through the snow in Iceland. The vixen temporarily escapes into a sudden blizzard but the man will persist for two days until he finds her again. Then it shifts back to a day or two to before the hunt, to the town where he lives and gives the surrounding story that shows us through the eyes of others what kind of man he is and what led up to his winter trek. A captivating story that I found unable to put down. The descriptions are lyrical and vivid, the characters well drawn and believable. We are then returned to the icy slopes where the hunt itself precipitates an unexpected turn of events and the struggle between life and death takes on a whole new meaning for our hunter. It is a lovely afternoon's read. I highly recommend what the publisher rightly calls "this spellbinding fable that is part mystery, part fairy tale."
Do they go together?
Hot tea always goes well with a story set in the snow. But I feel this was an appropriate drink for this book if only because the main character in the town is an herbalist and early in the story he makes tea for a grieving man who hasn't tasted it before. The tea set and the making of the tea are described while the man tells his guest about the tea-pickers on the slopes of Darjeeling in some of the loveliest prose I've read recently. Me and my tea felt right at home.
What are you drinking/reading today?
Others who reviewed The Blue Fox:
Claire at Paperback Reader
Tony at Tony's Reading List
Eva at A Striped Armchair
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