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The Book of Lost Things (2008)

av John Connolly

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Mourning the loss of his mother, David finds comfort in the books she left behind. But soon the make-believe world of the books melds with David's reality, and the figments of his imagination become startlingly real. Suddenly, he finds himself in a brutal land populated by trolls, harpies, and werewolf-like creatures. His only hope is to find the king, whose Book of Lost Things could show David the way home.… (mer)
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This was my first novel by this author, whom I have read good things about (the author, that is). This is a tale about growing up, I think it was meant for a more Young Adult crowd, than an adult one. I rallied through it, as I hoped it would get more interesting, but it flitted through a twisted version of a fairy tale, into another one, enough that I wondered where the real part of the story was going to appear. It finally did appear, and was an okay finish. I think I would have enjoyed this work much more if I had read it when I was 12 years old. That being said, it wasn't a terrible novel, just more suited to a younger reading crowd, in my opinion. ( )
  Ralphd00d | May 4, 2021 |
First off, I would like to thank Lee for mailing me this book and telling me that I MUST read it. I appreciate it, man; just added an all-time-favorite to the list.

For me, The Book of Lost Things is one of those books that embody why I read in the first place. I completely lost myself in this story, the characters, and David's journey.

David is a 12 year old boy living in England during the onset of the Second World War. The Nazis are on bombing raids of London and his life is in turmoil not only from the War but from the recent loss of his mother and his father's remarriage and the arrival of a new child into the household. He is a child that is ripe for the type of voyage on which he is about to embark.

David is, like most of us I think, called by books. However, those of us that are schizophrenic notwithstanding, he can actually HEAR their whispers. And sometimes they demand his attention. He realizes that what is happening is not normal, and more than a little scary. Especially when he begins to be visited by "the crooked man," a character that David knows can't exist, but who clearly has a plan that involves him.

I don't want to give away any of the plot, but I will say that The Book of Lost Things takes us on a ride through the darkest of fairy tales, some re-imagined, some simply fleshed out in their original gory and horrifying detail, toward that most cherished of destinations---home. Along the way David learns about the nature and inevitability of loss, about loyalty and belonging, and how life is really about things lost and, sometimes, if we live it right, it is about finding our way again.

You will choke up at points, experience chills at how dark some of these fair tales really are, laugh out loud, thrill to the adventure, and in the end experience a beautiful and bitter-sweet tale. But isn't that how a fairy tale, and life itself, really turns out? ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
This was a re-read and I had definitely forgotten just how dark this boom was!

The story follows young David who is struggling with the loss of his mother. There is a war on, and David's father has moved on with another woman. David hates her and feels like his father is abandoning him for Rose and their new son, Georgie.

David and his father move in with Rose in her large family home. The books in his room speak to David. Strange things are happening to David and no one will believe him. When out in the sunken garden, he finds a strange opening in an old tree; and a WWII bomber crashing into the garden forces David to escape thru the opening into another world.

In this new world David is met with allies who vowed to protect David and help him find a way back to his world. He also finds enemies out to destroy him. In particular, the crooked man has plans for David. It is all David can do to keep his courage and continue on his journey to find his way home.

Along the way David has many dangerous adventures when he builds his courage, learns very important lessons and begins to mature into a young man.

Excellent read. This was my first John Connolly book and the one that hooked me. The narrator did a brilliant job of spinning the tale in a way that was captivating. ( )
  ViragoReads | Mar 29, 2021 |
I was surprised with just how dark this book was. I didn’t necessarily expect it to be middle-grade, but most of the time, with young main characters comes a somewhat light plot. However, that turned out to be a good thing—I loved how Connolly blended fairy tales with dark aspects to make the perfect mixture of one losing one’s innocence as one transcends into adulthood. ( )
  Akacya | Feb 28, 2021 |
Wow!!

Simply loved this book. I couldn't put it down. An amazing fantasy that will keep you spellbound. Also heart wrenching. ( )
  Fawntree | Feb 19, 2021 |
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This is an adult novel steeped in children's literature that cannily makes its 1940s junior protagonist credibly ignorant of aspects which the grown-up reader, or any modern kid, will catch at once.

Written in the clear, evocative manner of the best British fairy tales from JM Barrie to CS Lewis, The Book of Lost Things is an engaging, magical, thoughtful read.
tillagd av Stir | ändraThe Independent, Kim Newman (Sep 25, 2006)
 
Good ideas, these afterthoughts, every one; but rather than go back and write them in, he sticks them down in the pluperfect and hurries on. The result is less a novel in any genre than a catalogue, a dispiritingly detailed outline for something Connolly might like to write, if he only had the time, or the talent, or a decent editor.
tillagd av Stir | ändraThe Guardian, Colin Greenland (Sep 22, 2006)
 

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Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life. - Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805)
Everything you can imagine is real. - Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
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This book is dedicated to an adult, Jennifer Ridyard, and to Cameron and Alistair Ridyard, who will be adults too soon. For in every adult dwells the child that was, and in every child lies the adult that will be.
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He would talk to them of stories and books, and explain to them how stories wanted to be told and books wanted to be read, and how everything that they ever needed to know about life and the land of which he wrote, or about any land or realm that they could imagine, was contained in books. And some of the children understood, and some did not.
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Mourning the loss of his mother, David finds comfort in the books she left behind. But soon the make-believe world of the books melds with David's reality, and the figments of his imagination become startlingly real. Suddenly, he finds himself in a brutal land populated by trolls, harpies, and werewolf-like creatures. His only hope is to find the king, whose Book of Lost Things could show David the way home.

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