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The Book of Lost Things: A Novel by [Connolly, John]
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From Publishers Weekly

Crossley provides a smooth, professional reading of this heartfelt story of loss and discovery. Connolly's fairy tale for adults chronicles the adventures of David, a 12-year-old boy growing up in WWII England. Still mourning the loss of his mother to cancer, David is desperately trying to adjust to life with a new stepmother, a new half-brother and a father who, because of the war, is never around. But everything changes when David stumbles through a magical gateway and into a realm of familiar, yet decidedly different, representations of classic fairy tales. Searching for a way home, he is pursued by the Crooked Man, an evil troll who must strip David of his innocence in order to retain his power over the kingdom. David learns lessons of bravery, loyalty, acceptance, sacrifice and, finally, the power of love and family. Crossley's narration is articulate and measured, bringing a respectful dignity to the author's prose. He takes the same care with the book's multitude of characters, whether it is David, the Crooked Man or a hilariously funny band of anti-capitalist dwarfs. A lovely tale, skillfully told.
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Brilliantly creepy coming of age novel. Mirror 'Here Connolly steps directly into the enchanted forest, and the journey along its twisting path is as sinister and unsettling as anything invented by the Brothers Grimm ... Connolly's control of this material is superb; tension, terror and gallows humour make the book a gripping read. But this allegorical coming-of-age story also cleverly shows the way that traditional stories have been used to reflect the sometimes harsh concerns of our world.' Eithne Farry, Daily Mail John Connolly has a cult following for his crime novel and can clearly plot twists and turns. He has applied that talent to his own life by producing a very different book ... a highly original novel using stories that we all know. But think twice before reading his version of Hansel and Gretel to your kids. The Times It's imaginative, funny, sad and profound - fairy tales within a fairy tale, a child's adventure, a fantasy journey; it's about growing old and has the last word on dying ... Each re-reading still brings a sigh and a moment of reflection. Radio Times A powerful, powerful writer. I got a very real chill down my spine. This is an amazing book. -- Jeffery Deaver 'A moving fable, brilliantly imagined, about the agony of loss and the pain of young adulthood' The Times 'Connolly imagines the emotional cave-in of puberty intelligently, even perceptively' Guardian 'Engaging, magical, thoughtful read' Independent 'A new interpretation of old fairy tales, it is imaginative and beautifully written.' Choice 'This is no saccharine fairytale, but an eerie fable that's perfect for long winter nights' Daily Mail A powerful, powerful writer. I got a very real chill down my spine. This is an amazing book. -- Jeffery Deaver Brilliantly creepy coming of age novel. Mirror It's imaginative, funny, sad and profound - fairy tales within a fairy tale, a child's adventure, a fantasy journey; it's about growing old and has the last word on dying ... Each re-reading still brings a sigh and a moment of reflection. Radio Times John Connolly has a cult following for his crime novel and can clearly plot twists and turns. He has applied that talent to his own life by producing a very different book... a highly original novel using stories that we all know. But think twice before reading his version of Hansel and Gretel to your kids. Times 'The book's epic villainy, mournful tone and tested morality is the essence of Connolly. Worst of all is the Crooked Man, who ranks with the Travelling Man, the Collector and even Mr Pudd among Connolly's most memorable villains. 'THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS is peculiar and perverse and humane, with an incredibly lyrical finale ... The novel should earn the author new readers.' The Irish Times 'What gives THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS such a chilling edge is the way the real and illusory worlds sit so comfortably together ... and the most wicked of the wicked, who goes by the name of The Crooked Man, at times possesses the kind of guile and plausibility of which modern-day politicians would be proud ... Even if you aren't normally drawn to stories in which the imagination is given such a free rein, there is something tender, something strangely moving about David's experience of the land called Elsewhere.' Daily Express 'Brilliantly creepy coming of age novel' Mirror 'A powerful, powerful writer. I got a very real chill down my spine. This is an amazing book.' Jeffery Deaver 'Charming, disturbing and outrageously imaginative. A tremendously exciting change of pace.' Lawrence Jackson, Producer of BBC Radio 4's adaptations of John Connolly's short stories

Product details

  • File Size: 3429 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 074329890X
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (November 7, 2006)
  • Publication Date: November 7, 2006
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JMKVJE
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