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That Same Flower Book Review Summary

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This short novel by Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder (originally titled _Vita Brevis_ -- "Life Is Short") purports to contain the translation of a lengthy 5th century letter to St. Augustine from his former mistress, Floria Aemilia. Long after their 12 years of cohabitation and parenting of a son in Africa, and their subsequent separation, she writes to him about their past, her feelings, and his ultimate choice of asceticism. The book has little narrative, but succinctly confront the clash of spiritual vs. sensual, faith vs. life, the love of humans vs. the love of God -- not to mention the nagging issue of what happened to the woman who appears so briefly but vividly in Augustine's _Confessions_.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   distant past/middle ages Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Lover is    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   White Enclave City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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