O Grande Livro do Maravilhoso e do Fantástico

O Grande Livro do Maravilhoso e do Fantástico

“Incredible but true stories, of men, nature, Earth and space” The Great Book of Wonder and (all things) Fantastic was the very first book I read. Firstly when I was 5, I used to browse through all its approx 600 pages reading bits here and there. One day I decided to read it all, beginning to end — and I did that a few dozen times in my life. It’s got short stories and reports about almost anything curious, eccentric, unknown, mysterious and, why not, bizarre. I can honestly say that my passion for the strange began in 1981 when I first got my hands on this gem. It was published by Readers’ Digest from Portugal, and its stilted vocabulary was fascinating. There I was, 5 years old reading words like ’embustes’, ‘charlatães’ and ‘reperspectivação’ – the latter never used by me, to this day. It’s my all time favourite book and it still amazes me, even now where I live in a time where people think all answers can be found on Google or Wikipedia — they don’t know that these are the places to you get the questions! On a side note, please mind the graphic accent on ‘Fanstático’, not above the letter but on its side…