The Blind Contessa’s New Machine

Dec 30

The Blind Contessa’s New Machine

This book was delightful!

I ordered it on my Nook and read it in one sitting. It is not long but what it lacks in length it makes up for in charm. I am a sucker for stories with quirky people who live within a world all their own. Perhaps it started with Alice in Wonderland so many, many years ago. Or maybe I can relate. This book gave me Contessa Carolina Fantoni who always found this world a little lacking, so she found refuge throughout her life in a lake created by her father for and rejected by her mother. It is here she grows up in a world of wonder and curiosity. Where she meets her dearest friend Turri who is also a bit of an odd duck. Together they explore the natural world, ask honest open questions and comfort one another when the world becomes too harsh. Contessa Carolina realizes rather young that she is going blind and there is nothing she can do about it. Most people around her do not believe she is actually going blind until it it is too late.

But Turri refuses to abandon Carolina in her increasing darkness. He decides instead to invent a machine to help her write her loved ones, a typewriter.

This is the story of friendship, of love, of finding one’s self no matter the obstacles that life throw’s your way. Carey Wallace does an excellent job weaving words into beautiful prose-like sentences at times. The Blind Contessa’s New Machine is well-written and worth the read!

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