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One highly enjoyable and extremely adult fairy tale.,
This review is from: The Book of Lost Things: A Novel (Hardcover)In this first departure from mystery novels (discounting of course his excellent collection of deep and dark stories from a previous book titled Nocturnes) John Connolly manages to meld illogical with logical and to remind us all that what may seem real is just another side of a coin conveniently labeled nightmare and fantasy.
This tale builds slowly (as it should and during the brief passage of the first five chapters) through the eyes of a twelve year old boy named David. But the tale soon picks up speed on the doorstep of Chapter six. And then... watch out!
The source for most of the tales encountered by David, during his journey through an alternate but un-named land, is the Brother's Grimm. And the structure itself lends closely to Lewis Carroll's tales of Alice's adventure in Wonderland and her journey Through the Looking Glass. But we cannot omit L. Frank Baum from this porridge of evil but sublime. His imprint is there and presiding with more than a tip of the hat to Dorothy and her journey to Oz and to the `Magnificent Wizard' (and a reminder of at least a couple of her companions, along the way through that journey).
But don't think I'm going to say this tale is a `copy' of any of the above! The story is wholly original in the telling... and then some.
It should be said (and already has been) that this rendering is not for children. And it is not for the faint of heart. If anything, the story can be viewed as cautionary fairy tale melded with contemporary warning to the likes of Ed Gein and John Wayne Gacy (and Gacy especially, when `feeling' the creepy crawly `below-world' of the crooked man and some of his personal culinary delights). Both of these monsters could easily have existed in David's alternate world.
And wasn't that, after all is said and done, the original warning of the Brother's Grimm?
Beware of that which seems innocent and pure because... it may be not!
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2012 11:29:14 AM PST
E. Nuguid says:
I definitely agree with you. I read this back when I was 17 (2008) and I almost wept when I got to the part with David being reunited with Rose.
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E. Easterling says:
Hey E Nug -- How about a warning before posting a spoiler, buttmunch?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 5:38:50 PM PST
I wish John would write more novels like this one. They are few and far between. Also, spoliers aren't necessary for a book this old. If you haven't read it yet, oh well. BTW, Darth Vader is Luke's father. ;-)
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