4 out of 4 stars
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Tales of the the Leap is an elegant narration of one medical doctor's adventures through life. It is written by Tatjana Webster, MD.
Tales of the Leap - there could not be a more fitting title for this book. The author shares with readers tales of her many courageous leaps into the unknown. What are the unknowns that she leaped has into? Well, Tatjana Webster's story begins in the communist country of Yugoslavia during World War II. After graduating from the University of Belgrade Medical School, she took a bold step into a foreign land, choosing to complete her internship in far-off England. She then made the difficult decision to take a position far from her beloved family in Sweden as a medical doctor. Later, she leaves Sweden for a research fellowship in the United States. Tales of the Leap captures the beauty, frailty, joy, and sorrow that is life.
A feature I particularly loved about this book is the beautiful poems written by the author that accompany many of the tales about her experiences. They capture raw, honest emotions and enhance the narration of her life story. Some of these poems expressed grief, sorrow, contentment, and love in their truest forms. The author has had her fair share of life's knocks and shares these delicately with her readers. Some of these knocks include divorce, yearning for children yet not bearing any, and the death of her cherished, loved ones.
The author includes her travels, adventures, and mini escapes through Europe, some parts of Asia, and America. I revelled over this as she sets the scene of each destination so clearly. She describes the architecture, landmarks, food, and atmosphere of each getaway destination so vividly. Aside from her travels she also describes everyday life in Yugoslavia, England, Sweden, and America, thus depicting the differences in culture in each country.
The only negative critique I can think of is how the author does not mention at which age different stages in her life occur. Like how old she was when she got married. After all, a lady never reveals her age! She provides a few key dates and a general idea of how many years lapsed between events, so readers can sort of piece a vague timeline together.
If you need a mini escape, you can certainly find one through the pages of Tales of the Leap. I recommend this book to those who enjoy autobiographies. I feel women will especially feel a deep connection with the author. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It was immaculately edited and has beautiful content.
Tales of the Leap
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