Jepp Who Defied The Stars by Katherine Marsh. Can we just take a moment to bask in its glory and overall wonderfulness?
I first bought this book in 2013 and since that day, I think I’ve read this book a billion times. This is my go-to book for like depressive moments where I need a pick me up. As soon as I’m bored, or sad about something or just confused about where I’m going, I start reading this and MY GAWD it just fills me with this holy zeal and determination.
The story is about a dwarf who adventures out of his small home-town of Astraveld in 1800-ish Netherland into castles, courts, observatories and the occasional prison cells. In this magnificent tome, Jepp journeys far and wide in a journey that is as much about his future as it is about his past.
Not allowing his small stature to get in the way, Jepp sets off to a life at court as a scholar and in the middle, falls in love, gets betrayed and discovers more about himself and his past than anyone could ever dream of doing.
But here’s the thing, he’s not chained to the future and his dreams. In fact, he is more chained to his past and the whole book actually is about both Jepp’s past and future.
And it kind of kills you that he is sacrificing all this amazing present adventures to dwell on big, intangible and perhaps unnecessary issues such as fate, destiny, his past, his future but in the end it’s all good because he discovers who he is and realises that he should just take tomorrow as it comes.
Jepp is honestly MY character. In that he seems so real and confused and lonely and yet so full of hope that I can help but just RELATE to him (even though I’m not a mediaeval dwarf in Utrecht Netherland).
SO THANK YOU KATHERINE MARSH FOR WRITING THIS BOOK. I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW WHAT I WOULD BE IF I HADN’T STUMBLED UPON THIS LITTLE GEM OF A BOOK BACK THEN IN 2013. SERIOUSLY. DEFINITELY.
AND THANK YOU JEPP.
Following are some BEAUTIFUL QUOTES FROM THIS AMAZING BOOK.
“Is not our capacity to choose, to chase, to dream of becoming other than we are, more powerful then the patterns of the stars?”
“We are nothing if not our hopes and dreams”
“Is it not our imperfections that forge our characters?”