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The Night Bookmobile Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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It's an excellent story about the joys of being a book lover and the dangers of succumbing entirely to that passion. It simultaneously celebrates how awesome books are, how much joy they bring into a book-lover's life, and warns about what happens when that love goes too far, when love of books comes before all else, including other people, your career, and even yourself. It takes all of 10 minutes to read, it's beautiful to look at, and I can definitely imagine reading this again and again.
I saw myself in this book. I have floor to ceiling book shelves and stacks of books everywhere. I never worked in a library, but I did work in a book store for five years to build up my reading collection. As soon as AMAZON launched I quit the bookstore and began buying books on the internet. And even though I give lots of my books away to libraries, charities, family and friends, I am like Thomas Jefferson - I end up buying ones I have parted with all over again. This grim fairy tale helped me put things into perspective.
This graphic novel was first presented as a short story in Zoetrope and serialized in The Guardian. This is the first book in a proposed trilogy.
This book was recommended to me by friend and fellow Bookie, Angie. She has read it and email me that she thought this would be a wonderful graphic novel to look more closely at and probably generate some good blog discussion thoughts.
The title alone captivated me.
I of course loved the fact that the bookmobile was filled with every book that Alexandra had ever read. I imagined what my own bookmobile would look like.... all the treasures of my youth... from the big puffy baby books to picture books, then into paperbacks.... I get excited thinking about the books I have forgotten I read and how thrilling it would be to see them and recognize them!
And if that was all this small graphic novel had to offer that would have been enough.
But no, there is an ending to the book that shocked me. It was this ending that actually left me thinking about this book days after I read it but unable to write this review.Read more ›
This is not a children's book, but it doesn't pretend to be. The graphic novel genre isn't exclusively for children. At the American Library Association convention (June 2010) I attended a panel discussion on graphic novels for adults. Ms. Niffenegger was there, and she gave a great presentation on the genesis and evolution of The Night Bookmobile. (Also on the panel was David Small, author of Stitches.)
As Ms. Niffenegger says in the "After Words," this is a story about the claims that books place on their readers, the imbalance between our inner and outer lives, a cautionary take of the seduction of the written word. It's a book for book lovers, and the well-told tale will leave you wishing for more.
For one, the concept behind this comic is perfect. The idea that each person has their own library with each book they have read and started to read stored in a vehicle of sorts. Alexandra, after fighting with her boyfriend and walking alone at night to clear her head, encounters her library and quickly becomes obsessed with it. Secondly, the art is lovely and adds to the mystery and fantasy of the story. It was short and sweet, with a memorable conclusion.
But a significant part of that conclusion really upset me, not because of what happened, but because of how abrupt it was. Of course, I do not want to spoil anything, so I'm being purposefully vague. It is a shocking turn of events that I honestly found difficult to understand. I really wanted to love this book unreservedly, because the idea is so bookish and wonderful, but I just couldn't.
I don't necessarily want to deter anyone from reading this comic. It really is wonderful for most of the time. Apparently it is a part of a series that Niffenegger will be continuing in the future and I sincerely hope that as a whole the series is as lovely as the majority of The Night Bookmobile was.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow...I absolutely loved this book from cover to cover. Rare is the book that I read that I immediately turn to the front cover to read it again in its entirety, and rarer still is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy A
I had such high hopes for this author after reading The Time Traveller's Wife, but alas, it was a fluke.Published 2 months ago by S.K.Roark
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The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger
I am not a big fan of graphic novels but I liked this one. Read more
I liked this book in some ways and in other ways I did not like it. The book's ending I did not fully enjoy and it made the book a downer from the sad point of the book on. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kirsten
Not quite a picture book and not quite a graphic novel, The Night Bookmobile, like its plot, is gloriously subversive in terms of both genre and plot. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Scott William Foley
A graphic novel from the author of the Time Travelers Wife. An odd and engaging little gem. The ending is odd, and bulk of the story is engaging. Worth a read.Published 17 months ago by P. M. Bradshaw
The book is excellent: the seller described its condition as "light wear," should have mentioned that it was a library copy, with a library cover and stickers.Published 19 months ago by Sophie Glazer
This is the complete review as it appears <a href="http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-night-bookmobile-by-audrey. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer