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The night bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

The night bookmobile (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Audrey Niffenegger

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Title:The night bookmobile
Authors:Audrey Niffenegger
Info:New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2010.
Collections:Your library
Tags:Graphic novel, bookmobile, library, books, librarian, librarianship, death

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The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger (2010)


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The Night Bookmobile made me dream. It’s a graphic novel about a woman out on a late night walk (she’s quarreled with her fella) and happens across a bookmobile. She discovers that within this odd sight is everything she’s ever read. From all her books to her own diary. I gasped when I read that. For that is truly a reader’s dream! I wanted to find a night bookmobile of my own. I imagined the forgotten treasures I would find in my own version. My childhood diaries, Archie comics, picture books, magazines, my favorite series and books, books, books of all sorts. What fun!

Alexandra is equally smitten. She seeks out the bookmobile again and again, but it never turns up and it is years till she sees it again. In the meantime, she goes to library school and becomes a librarian herself, with the dream of one day working in the night bookmobile. And all the time reading, not just for herself, but also for her personal collection: “Like a pregnant woman eating for two, I read for myself and the librarian.”

I’ve never quoted from a graphic novel before but here were such gems:

“In the same way that perfume captures the essence of a flower, these shelves of books were a distillation of my life.”
“Each spine was an encapsulated memory, each book represented hours, days of pleasures, of immersion in words.”

It is such a dreamy story. But the ending tossed me out of my dreamy state – I won’t spoil it for you, if you haven’t read it yet. I still wouldn’t mind coming across my own night bookmobile though. ( )
  olduvai | Jan 19, 2016 |
No. No. No. I should have known Niffenegger could ruin a graphic novel. She ruined Time Traveler's Wife, why not The Night Bookmobile? Interesting story until the last six pages. From there, the story is just...a disappointment. ( )
  lesmel | Dec 31, 2015 |
The Night Bookmobile starts with the rather romantic notion of a library that consists of everything a reader has ever read from books of their childhood to textbooks to backs of cereal boxes. I am in love with the idea of this. There are so many books I have lost over the years either through moving or thinning my collection or lending to friends. I find the idea of such a collection very romantic and enticing.

I suppose the characters could be better developed. It's an interesting reflection on reading and how it becomes a second life almost and can shape our lives as readers. I found it an interesting story and I find the institution of the Library pretty fascinating. But I guess I didn't entirely understand or believe the actions of the main character toward the end of the story. It could be the medium of the brevity of the story. Apparently it started as a short story so I would be interested to see if the characters and their motives come through more clearly in that medium or not.

The art is good and certainly lends to the story though it is not quite the caliber of some of the other graphic novels I have read. To me it has a certain storybook quality that is appropriate given the contents of the graphic novel.

Worth a read through. ( )
  winterdaisies | Dec 29, 2015 |
I'm not sure I have ever read a graphic novel before but I chose to read this one as part of a challenge and I really liked it. The illustrations are great and the story (which I read in about 10 minutes) is intriguing and clever, but I think the biggest draw for me was that it was about books. I liked it very much for what it was, a beautifully illustrated short story. ( )
  nicx27 | Feb 2, 2015 |
This book is a horror! A work that glorifies reading (a good thing) and suicide (a very bad thing). Of course there is always the distinct possibility that I have completely misunderstood the author's intent. Perhaps.
  peterpobre | Sep 29, 2014 |
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When I began writing The Night Bookmobile, it was a story about a woman's secret life as a reader. As I worked it also became a story about the claims that books place on their readers, the imbalance between our inner and outer lives, a cautionary tale of the seductions of the written word. It became a vision of the afterlife as a library, of heaven as a funky old camper filled with everything you've ever read. What is this heaven? What is it we desire from the hours, weeks, lifetimes we devote to books? What would you sacrifice to sit in that comfy chair with perfect light for an afternoon in eternity, reading the perfect book, forever?

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"The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a wistful woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing library on wheels that contains every book she has ever read. Seeing her history and most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. But her search turns into an obsession, as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and memories" -- from publisher's web site.… (more)

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