Thoughts by Rivka Galchen, Macmillan Audio 2021, 8 hours 47 minutes
Narrated by Natasha Soudek.
Challenge: 20 Books of Summer, TOB Summer Camp
Genre/Theme: Historical Lit, a Witch Trial
Type/Source: Audiobook/Audible (cover above links to more)
What It’s About: The author discovers the true fact that the mother of renowned astronomer, Johannes Kepler*, had been accused to being a witch. She vibrantly brings it all to life. I’ve added all her books to my tbr.
Set in early 1600s. Trades people are working, soldiers are off fighting, the bureaucrats are doing what bureaucrats do, the plague is happening, etc. And Frau Kepler is just trying to be a good citizen and neighbor, tend her garden and take care of her cow. But some neighbors are not so happy with her and it snowballs. Katherine Kepler at first dismisses the original charge with a rolling of the eyes but then realizes NO! she will not tolerate lies nor her character being besmirched. And her kids support her, which was sweet. Fascinating, stuff! at least to me.
“…it’s a prime example of the mash-up genre tragicomedy. Katharina’s circumstances are dire and discouraging at best, but her tone and observations about the people she encounters and the situations she finds herself in give the narration an undercurrent of humor..“Week 11 of Summer Camp TOB: Activity Leader Jessica Klahr
Thoughts: Well done. Well researched and fabulously presented (AND narrated!) Though I did feel that the ending fizzled out and lost some of the sparkle that enthralled me in the middle.
Rating: Four slices of pie. With lots of whipped cream.
The next (story) was that of a pie seller…Apple Tarts were also mentioned
Discuss: 1) Do you have any favorite tragicomedies to recommend?
2) Do you enjoy Historical Fiction? I do, but I don’t necessarily seek it out. Do you? Any favorites from the Renaissance Period?
3) If anyone had casually mentioned Kepler to me, I’m not sure I would reflect on what makes him ‘famous’ – perhaps I would wonder if his name on a math theorem comes to mind? How about you? Are you All IN and knowledgeable about Kepler’s contributions to astronomy/optics/geometry? (I am not. And I recently read a book featuring German mathematicians! But they were 20th century…)
* Johannes Kepler was a German mathematician and astronomer who discovered that the Earth and planets travel about the sun in elliptical orbits. He gave three fundamental laws of planetary motion. He also did important work in optics and geometry.
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