Title: The Big Question
Author: Garth Nix
In: To Hold the Bridge (Garth Nix)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Fantasy
Format: Short story
Publisher: Hot Key Books
5th sentence, 74th page: But the path down to the cave followed a very narrow, very steep, and very slippery ledge.
A young man asks a wise woman ‘what else is there in the world?’ He finds his answer in the most intensive journey of a lifetime.
What else is there in the world? It’s a question that we all ask ourselves, especially when we’re growing up. Or at least, it’s a question that I ask myself on an almost daily basis. Is there more to the world? What else can I experience? Is my small life secluded, or peaceful?
In The Big Question, Nix takes the question of ‘what else is there?’ and sends a young boy on a journey to manhood. Not just to discover the answer to his question, but to experience the world, love, loss and the realms of humanity.
Sometimes it’s difficult to write a short story that spans years, it is a lot of time passing and information to slot into just a few small words. But this is beautifully done and has turned a simple coming of age story into one that I would love to read again and again and again.
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