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Lost: A Novel Paperback – September 17, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
I almost wish they didn't. Not just because I didn't like the book but because it made me almost not want to read Wicked.
I did not care for this novel. Lost was interesting in the beginning but it quickly lost any sort of momentum as it progressed. It begins with an eye-catching scene of a car accident that the protagonist Winnie sees and tries to help. Then it quickly moves to an adoption service Forever Families and we briefly meet families both in the traditional and non-traditional sense who are in the process of trying to adopt. Then we're off to England where Winnie is supposed to meet her step cousin and "friend" John Comestor. But when she arrives, he's nowhere to be seen, the house is being worked on, there's a loud pounding coming from the chimney, no one wants to really talk to Winnie and weird things are happening.
The problem for me was that Maguire seemed to gloss over everything. He keeps the reader distanced from the characters. Not once did I feel like I got to know Winnie. On one hand this was partially intentional as Winnie herself is a very distanced character who retreats into her writing when faced with a situation she doesn't want to acknowledge. Ironically enough, the one area that Winnie was a bit too revealing involves a "plot twist" I guess.Read more ›
I think one of the benefits of _Wicked_ that made others prefer it, is that _Wicked_ takes place in a world we are all familiar with. We have a world already in our heads, a world that Maguire then manipulates and redraws in novel and jarring ways. In _Lost_, however, we are presented with a ghost story of sorts in the present day, and the world is not there for us at the start. It is the real world, but viewed through a unique and interesting lens.
Maguire presents us with just as complex and ambivalent a heroine here as in _Wicked_. There are two narrative voices -- that of Winnie, and that of Winnie's character, Wendy, in the novel that Winnie is trying to write. As we all know, all characters in all works of fiction are in some way distillations of the author and friends and life. Plot points and locations are often taken from real life and manipulated to fit the story, and we learn most important information about Winnie's real life and real wounds through her attempt at a novel. It is a very simple but very effective technique, especially because Maguire's book is also a meditation on the way we construct narratives from our lives, both about ourselves and our place in the world, and about ghosts and the nature of haunting in our lives.Read more ›
On her arrival Winnie finds her step-cousin absent and the apartment in the possession of two looney contractors, who are building an illegal stairway to the roof.
Winnie tries to cope, ordering the contractors about and making myriad and unsuccessful efforts to find her step-cousin, John Comestor, and meeting a series of eccentric people. Unlike the "Alice" stories, however, Winnie is less mentally competent (and far less likable) than Lewis Carroll's practical little girl, while the professor of medieval history, the spiritualist, the dotty old lady, and the woman who casts children's hands for a living are clever for the most part, and more than somewhat sympathetic. And, if this weren't enough, the place is quite possibly haunted. And the ghost is possibly Jack the Ripper's.
Author Gregory Maguire, best-known for his clever "Wicked," a re-write of "The Wizard of Oz" told from the witch's point of view, ventures forth here without a safety net, concocting a story that's all his own. Without the constraints of having to hew to the plot lines of a tale familiar to us all (he couldn't have let the witch survive, now could he?) this time out Maguire creates something that's all his. And in doing so he manages to make what at first seems hauntingly terrifying in the end quite explicable, if no less disturbing. It frightens, but maybe not in the way you'd expect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the story a bit confusing and pointless. In truth, the end was left unfinished and I feel very disappointed in it. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Anonymous
of all the Maguire books I've read (and I've read about 95% of his writing) this one by far was my favorite. Its the one I'd consider reading again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah T.
You will definitely feel lost reading "Lost" as the author skips between personas in his attempt to weave together a plot with confusing dialogue. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. Langston
I liked this book. But it really has nothing to do with Jack the Ripper.Published 6 months ago by Stephanie Wilson
This was not what I was expecting. I really enjoyed other books by this same author, but this story was a struggle.Published 6 months ago by annonymous
Normally I ❤️❤️❤️ his books but this one plodded along like an old cow. There was no sense of involvement in the reading. Sad.Published 10 months ago by Kymberly C.