“I wish I was away in Ingo”

Don’t you just love when a book you are reading fits perfectly with your surroundings? I experienced that feeling a year ago while in Arisaig reading ‘Ingo’ by Helen Dunmore.

It was a great feeling to read about a girl living next to the sea while you yourself were too. It was as if all the descriptions and surroundings in the book came to life. The crashing of the waves on the shore, the sound of dogs barking and seagulls and other birds laughing in the sky.

I loved also how you could walk in the footsteps of the characters. See and hear what they could, and walking over rocks by the shore like they would. It made the book feel much more personal to you. And for a few glorious hours, you felt the wonderful sensation that your life was a book. You could see the world through the characters eyes.

So my advice to you, dear reader, is this – next time you are looking out a holiday read, think wisely. For you never know where that book might take you.

 

Sarah S6

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