I recently finished reading Mute by Christine Bernard, and was very happy with this book! If you’ve ever felt like you could do with a six-month vacation away from all other human beings, this book may just speak to you.
The story follows Rebecca, a magazine writer in her 30s, as she takes on a unique challenge – staying silent for 9 months. As soon as I read the first chapter my thoughts were “how do I create this challenge for myself??”. I imagined all the things I could get done if I couldn’t speak to people. If I really had to isolate myself, I was sure that I would crush my to-do lists in no time.
And so I followed Rebecca’s challenge, and read on as she grew and became more aware of herself. I perhaps realised that a challenge like this would be trickier than it sounds. And I’m no longer sure I’d make 9 months (still, 2 or 3 months sounds good).
This book is full of self-realisation, family issues, love interests, and a hero cat named Gigabyte. It’ll make you laugh, cry, and perhaps even look at your own life a little differently by the end.
It’ll also likely have you cheering for Rebecca, this slightly cynical, isolated, yet talented woman who just needs to see her own beauty. I suggest you go out and buy it, see if it’s in your local library, or beg and borrow from a friend!
Read it when:
You feel like moving to a deserted island.