Daily Recco, April 22: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse for a break from the gloom

Pick up Charlie Mackesy's The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse for a short break from all the gloom.

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Charles Dickens might have said it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. If you are in India and haven't been living under a rock, you would know there's nothing best about these times. Covid 2.0 has reared its ugly head. There are only stories of death every time you switch on the TV set or go on social media. How to make sense of a time like this?

Pick up Charlie Mackesy's The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. The illustrated book is the journey of a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse. An allegory, the book, through these four creatures, offers you a trip like no other: it tells you to concentrate on the little things when the world seems to be falling apart. Here's a part that seems to work every time you feel down in the dumps:

"Do you have a favourite saying?" asked the boy.

"Yes," said the mole.

"What is it?"

"If at first you don't succeed, have some cake."

"I see. Does it work?"

"Every time."

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy. (Photo: Book cover)The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy. (Photo: Book cover)

The book has been on several bestsellers' lists for its almost-therapeutic properties. It comes with a long list of reccomendations from over the world and is backed by the fact that it sold over half a million copies in just four months of hitting the shelves. For Charlie Mackesy, it all began when he posted a drawing of a boy and a mole on his Instagram account.

In gloomy 2020, the book gave many people the courage to get through a day. For some, it was also a bit of laughter at the end of a hard night.

Now, as we pull up our socks to take another fight head on, three's probably nothing better than what the horse told the boy.

"What is the bravest thing you've ever said?" asked the boy.

"Help," said the horse.

That's all that matters today.

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