I’ve just finished reading the above mentioned book which I  consider very thought-provoking and fascinating and about nowadays way of life. The story is set in London and it’s just about one day and more precisely about the 15th February 2003 in the life of Henry Perowne, a successful neurosurgeon and his world/doubts about the sense of his life on the one side and on the other side  in that of Baxter, a street thief, his points and problems.

That famous day starts already in a strange way. As he can’t sleep he is looking out of the window and suddenly seems to see a comet or big approaching burning  airplane.

On that very day a very big demonstration  against the war in Iraq is taking place. Henry later on has a minor traffic problem with a violent man. After that he goes and plays squash with his friend (those interested in this sport can certainly read a lot) and after that also  visits his mother in a nursing home and finally  buys  seafood for the special dinner that evening. At home he starts preparing the food and this description is  like a cooking lesson.

But then the evening does not at all turn out as foreseen and become really difficult to handle!

By reading the book we  learn a lot about Henry’s interesting job, about what music  poetry or literature can represent in people’s lives and about how he come to grips with an enemy.

Here below I listed up some of  what I consider to be the concerns of the Perowne’s on the one side and those of Baxter and his friends on the other.


To the above vocabulary

1.thought provoking/that makes you think

2.The plot is set in London/takes place in London

3. a street thief/sb. who steals things from others/a thug

4.approaching/sth. that comes near

5.sth is foreseen/sth. is planned

6.seafood/animal from the ocean

7.to be of concerns/interest or worries

8.to handle a problem/know how to solve a problem/come to grips with it

Click on the following link and you can watch a  very helpful and interesting  video with the writer of the book.

I also prepared a drag and drop exercise in relation to what the author of the book says.


 I’ve got a personal question:

Is it really always the most important thing in our lives to have as much freedom as possible or can other points such as helping others have the same importance in our lives?