I am definitely intrigued just from the very first paragraph:
" It was a sunny afternoon that still sparkled after earlier rain when I first entered Chartres cathedral. I don't remember the architecture, I don't even have a fixed idea of the space I was in that day, but what I do remember is the sense of blue and red lights dancing on white stones. And I remember my father taking me by the hand and telling me that the stained glass had been created nearly eight hundred years ago, "and today we don't know how to make that blue". I was eight years old, and his words knocked my explanation of the world into a tailspin."
I can totally relate to that experience. I also often just have impressions of color and feel and smell of places I have been. My friend Tobie calls that a place's "atmosfeel". AND I can relate because learning at 44 that there is a color of blue stained glass we can't create also sends MYworld into a tailspin.
WHAT?!!? I mean, science and stuff!!
Also - I must now get to Chartres cathedral as soon as possible to SEE this amazing glass!
Except it's in France. And if you know me, you know how I feel about leaving the United States. Plus it's probably very crowded there. So, yeah, probably not going to happen for awhile. But in the meantime, I shall read and absorb the information in this book so that when I DO go, (you know, when there is a sustained period of world peace and we have reliable transporter technology and etc.), I will appreciate what my eyeballs are seeing that much more!
The book is an actual paper book, and I can't remember when I last read a paper book, so I'm pretty excited about that! I'm wondering where I put my book-holder-upper so I can read while I am doing other stuff. Hmmm..... Now where would I have put that...
So, Thanks Karen!! That was too sweet of you and I am super excited to read this!