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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

The Book of Lost Things (original 2008; edition 2011)

by John Connolly

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Title:The Book of Lost Things
Authors:John Connolly
Info:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2011), Edition: Original, Paperback, 368 pages
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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (2008)

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A fary-tale story for grown-ups. John Connolly proves that he can write more than just thrillers. ( )
  MaraBlaise | Feb 9, 2016 |
A fary-tale story for grown-ups. John Connolly proves that he can write more than just thrillers. ( )
  DariaZav | Feb 9, 2016 |
Loved this, not as much as I expected, but I still loved it.
An interesting interpretation of how important stories are in our lives - especially as children. The lessons fairytales have to offer and an interesting interpretation of loss, jealousy and growing up. ( )
  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
(I listened to this on audiobook)

The journey of a young boy into a fantastical place where fairy tales are gruesome and violent. His journey is actually about growing up and those things in our lives that we embrace or reject (and the consequences of that choice): innocence, acceptance, love, forgiveness, unforgiveness, resentment, revenge, trust, etc...

I would recommend this to people who don't mind twisted, sometimes slightly violent imagery. The Book of Lost Things refers to the good things that we can lose if we let anger or resentment or selfishness or malevolence have a place in our lives. While the moral is worthwhile, this isn't necessarily a book to recommend lightly to a patron b/c of the difficult encounters the boy faces that frequently have a gruesome twist. ( )
  SaraMSLIS | Jan 26, 2016 |
I'm glad that I listened to the audio version of the book. As this is outside of my normal reading materials, the audio version was engaging enough for me to keep listening. The book was action packed and the characters fully developed, even minor characters such as the dwarfs and Snow White. David is a believable character in a believable home situation. How he overcomes it and grows into the man he is to become is awe-inspiring. Connolly has a gift with his words here and the narrator is spot on with his protrayal of all the characters (though, the women sould a little odd!). ( )
  tmscott13 | Jan 23, 2016 |
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In addition to borrowing The Woodsman and Roland from ancient tales, Connolly brings in such bedtime-story stalwarts as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood. But he takes outrageous, albeit entertaining, liberties with these characters, exchanging their virtues for canyon-size failures of character.
added by Stir | editUSA Today, Susan Kelly (Dec 20, 2006)
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.
added by Stir | editThe 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.
added by Stir | editThe Guardian, Colin Greenland (Sep 22, 2006)

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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)
Everything you can imagine is real. - Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
This book is dedicated to an adult, Jennifer Ridyard, and to Cameron and Alistair Ridyard, who will be adults too soon. For in every adult dwells the child that was, and in every child lies the adult that will be.
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Once upon a time—for that is how all stories should begin—there was a boy who lost his mother.
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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High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

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Taking refuge in fairy tales after the loss of his mother, twelve-year-old David finds himself violently propelled into an imaginary land in which the boundaries of fantasy and reality are disturbingly melded.

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