“The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman” Robin Gregory

Robin Gregory is a bright child multiplied by herself. There is so much wit, wisdom, light, warmth and tenderness (and sometimes unbearable sadness) in this superbly written book. Moojie is a child with special needs and special powers (aren’t we all, to some degree?) and the author takes him on a journey through his hard life in a quest for love and belonging that leads to a kind of acceptance, understanding and belonging.

His improbable world of wonders bears some resemblance to the one that Lewis Carroll led Alice through, and much resemblance to the one we have the temerity to call ‘real’. How Moojie sees his world at first is bound up with how the unkind world sees Moojie. To what extent are the wonders surrounding our hero – the allegorically named Moojie Littleman – more improbable than the impossible wonders that so many people give credence to even now (praise the Lord!) when shaping their view of the world? If nothing is but thinking makes it so, then each of our realities is a figment of our own imagination. That’s good news. Robin Gregory’s imagination knows no bounds, but her feet are never far from ground we recognize: ignorance, prejudice and a willingness to kill in favour of one fantasy over another.

Moojie knows all too well how cruelly life can cripple you, but gradually learns how to sustain himself with his own spirit: falling back on the infinite power of his mind and the improbable wonder of words. Thoughts, after all, are only words that you get to decide whether or not to speak. Degrees of probability become irrelevant. Whenever ‘reality’ gets too much to bear, learn to harness the power of your mind. Leave the world of pain behind and embrace instead a world of wonders and infinite possibilities. The choice is yours but you must find the strength to make it. Just one quotation. “Who are you?” she asked again. “Nobody. Orphan. Mother dead. Father gone.” “I fear you misunderstand,” she continued. “Tell me who you are.”

This is a beautifully written, highly literate, intelligent, entertaining, open-minded, heart-warming book. I recommend it without reservation and would like to see it taught in schools.