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The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to Plato

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Staff Review: "The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to Plato" by Kathy Giuffre


I picked up this book on a whim as I have a fondness for all things cave related. What I discovered was a novel that beautifully applies Plato's Allegory of the Cave to the life of a young woman named Josie. As soon as she is able, Josie hops a bus to the first promising town as a way to escape her family and find her own way. She disembarks in Waterville, a small Southern town, and finds her way to a local underground bar called the Cave. She is quickly befriended and hired to be a bartender. Josie is introduced to all kinds of unusual characters who all make a big impact on her new world. As she learns about life, love, heartache, and loss, Josie grows into herself and starts to find her way. A beautiful exploration of human nature and life's journey, this is one book that kept me up until the wee hours of the night. It will make you think about your own journey and all that life has to offer.

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

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