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The Book of Lost Things (2008)

de 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.… (més)
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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 |
This was a very dark, violent adult fairy tale, and I quite enjoyed it. I wasn't bowled over by the author and don't plan on reading any of his other work, but this was a very creative and interesting read. I loved the idea of using fairy tales and a twisted alternate world to explore the idea of a boy losing his youth and innocence. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
Like 'The Starless Sea' but better. Good character development. A story of fairy tales, horror, and adventure. Grief, loss, trust, betrayal, and love. I wasn't 100% sold for the first few chapters, but the story eventually grew on me and had a great ending. One of the few books I think would make for a great movie as well (if done properly). ( )
  bhiggs | Oct 27, 2020 |
A fairy tale for adults along the lines of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. Definitely some Grimm influence here - you'll recognize shades of the tales - and echoes of Narnia. David is a young boy when his mother dies and they had shared a love of books and stories, which give him some solace upon her death, but it is wartime in London and his father is very busy with a government job and David misses his mother terribly. When his father meets and marries Rose who quickly becomes pregnant, they all move to the countryside to her family manor and strange things begin to happen. David has "episodes" - like seizures - in part brought on by his feelings of no control and his dislike for Rose and the family's new life. But he also begins to hear books whispering to him, has vivid disturbing dreams, and thinks he sees a "crooked" man in his room. The room he was given is rather creepy -- literally, with vines that grow thick and cover his window and it was filled with books, which in some ways was a good fit, but many of them are bizarre tales and they have the name Jonathan Tulvey inscribed. This was Rose's great-uncle who disappeared when he was a young boy, along with a ward of the family, Anna. Creepier. Meanwhile, David is feeling displaced by his baby brother, Georgie, and hates him and acts out and sulks. One night, a German bomber goes down on the vast property, near the sunken garden David frequents. He goes to investigate and is propelled into an alternate world. This becomes another whole story - the true fairy tale - of a kingdom in ruins and besieged by wolves and other beasts. David must try to find the king and his Book of Lost Things to return to his real life. It is a heroic, coming of age journey, where David learns to use his smarts, gains bravery, sees horrific deaths and destruction (definitely for adults - my stomach turned at some of the descriptions). David must take on the insidious trickery of the crooked man who promises to return him home if he will just reveal his little brother's name. He also fights wolves, trolls, various spell-bound creatures and comes to learn the true identity of the ineffective, sham king. His true heart and his brains save him and restore order. A dark and compelling tale that comes around to a deeper truth and meaning about life in the end. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
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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.
afegit per Stir | editaThe 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.
afegit per Stir | editaThe Guardian, Colin Greenland (Sep 22, 2006)
 

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Connolly, Johnautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bortolussi, StefanoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ryan, RobAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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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)
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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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