The Awakening of Miss Prim – Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

If you like books about literature, reading and philosophy in an idyllic village then this is the book for you.

Miss Prim of the title is very much that. She applies for a job which is advertised as thus

“Wanted: a feminine spirit quite undaunted by the world to work as a librarian for a gentleman and his books. Able to live with dogs and children. Preferably without work experience. Graduates and postgraduates need not apply.”

Trouble she is without any feminine spirit has had work experience and is certainly vastly over qualified for her role.

Yet the Man in the Wing Chair as he is only known throughout the book appoints her.

Miss Prim is submerged into another world. Where education of children is rather different, where the greatest classics are the tools to teach the children and the well-loved pieces of perhaps no merit, such as Little Women are cast aside.

As Miss Prim learns about the women of the village she starts to learn about herself and that perhaps her firm high opinions can be challenged and not everyone has to live up to her exacting standards. Once she listens to those around her, she starts to learn that perhaps to love yourself means that others can love you too.

This is a rather beautiful book, you are transported to a place that away from the pages does not exist but seems to be anti the modern world. A slower pace, a slower place one where everything is appreciated.

I am not sure what attracted me to this book, the cover, the blurb on the back but something drew me in. Having now finished it, I admit to struggling slightly as it did get a bit cumbersome in the pace of the story towards the end. However, it was a lovely book and I was surprised to realise that it was in fact a translation.

Having read very few books in translation I know sometimes, depending on the translation it can sometimes not come across correctly. That was not the case with this book. It worked.

Quiet and Quirky is how I would sum up the book and very much reminded me of The Matchmaker of Perigord by Julia Stuart.

Having not posted The Matchmaker of Perigord on this blog before, I will find the review and share it with you all. 


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