Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | March 22, 2010

The Pattern in the Carpet

The Pattern in the Carpet: a personal history with jigsaws, by Margaret Drabble
“Doing jigsaws stimulates bizarre theories of art history.”  How can you ignore a book that offers such fascinating thoughts?  This is an easy book to miss.  No shiny cover or celebrity author beckons, and I worry that many people who would really enjoy this one will miss it.

It’s a memoir on the role jigsaws and games played in Drabble’s life (particularly in her relationship with Aunt Phyl, in London), but it also a carefully researched history on jigsaws and a reflection on play, art, writing, aging, and memory.  Do you know that jigsaws developed as “dissected maps” to help people learn about geography?
                                                                                                                              –Mary Beth



  1. NO! I didn’t know that, but love the information – it is the kind of thing I can ‘drop’ on my grandchildren when we are doing one!! So I have learned something to share. SOOOOOOOOOO much to learn and so little time to do it. Sometimes I think about the fact that when I die there will be worlds of knowledge that I didn’t even come close to!! Funny thoughts!!! Hope you’re having a super day. See you the 6th. B
    PS – and – the book does sound interesting!

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