“They think my mother’s ashes are marijuana.”

“I have never planned anything illegal in my life,’ Aunt Augusta said. ‘How could I plan anything of the kind when I have never read any of the laws and have no idea what they are?”  

What a truly fabulous book this is! Travels with my Aunt by Graham Greene. I am listening to this in my car (as this is sometimes even better than reading if someone enchanting is reading it). So very  entertaining and of it’s time . It’s amusing and moving and also asks us to question our lives, as our storyteller is asked to question his.

Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his  Aunt Augusta for the first time in over fifty years at the funeral of, who he supposes to be, his mother . Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon his dahlias and the Major next door to travel her way, Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay.  Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society: mixing with hippies, war criminals, CIA men; smoking pot, breaking all the currency regulations and eventually coming alive after a dull suburban life.

If you want to waft along on a breeze of travel, adventure and social rule breaking, then this is for you.

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