Monday, February 12, 2007

Masked Mom's Media Monday: Philosophy Made Simple

A widower and his three adult daughters (all of whom are leading increasingly complicated lives), an avacado grove, a Hindu wedding, an artistic elephant, a Mexican brothel and, just maybe, the meaning of life. Considering all that author Robert Hellenga has packed into its pages, Philosophy Made Simple is a surprisingly slender and quiet book.

It sneaks up on you--this story of widower Rudy Harrington trying to understand the world and his place in it--and by the time you realize how invested you are in the fates of all the people (and one fascinating elephant), there's the last page. But, as with any book of value, it never really ends. You carry its essence with you in your own search for understanding.

Masked Mom's One-Word Review: Enlightening.


  1. Ok, so yo say it just might be the meaning of life...that's awesome.

    because I just finished "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd, and I'd have to say the same thing. It's a great story, and you "carry its essence with you in your own search for understanding" as well. In fact, I still need to post about it--

    So if you're looking for a new book to read--THIS is the one!

  2. Ooooh--I read The Mermaid's Chair by her and it was excellent. Always meant to get to the Secret Life of'll be next on my list. :)

  3. grr..this is the THIRD time i've been back to this post just to remember what book i'm supposed to get!!

    THIS TIME...i wrote it down on my hand!! LOL. now if you'll excuse me, i'm off to Barnes and Noble.