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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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While out walking one night, narrator Alexandra spies an old camper parked alongside the street and discovers upon entering that it's actually a bookmobile -- an extraordinary bookmobile which displays on its shelves every book Alexandra has ever read, from childhood to the present. She is entranced, but when dawn arrives the experience is over. Although it is many years before she encounters the vehicle again, the experience affects her life significantly.

What obsessive reader hasn't fantasized about a visual collection of every title she has ever read in her lifetime? This graphic novel unfolds in ways both a dreamy and dark (inappropriate for children), but is unforgettable. ( )
  ryner | May 25, 2017 |
A lonely young woman stumbles upon a Winnebago on a street one night when out walking. It’s the Night Bookmobile, and what she discovers within is magical and inspiring … and disturbing.

Niffenegger is perhaps best known for The Time Traveler’s Wife. Here she turns to the graphic novel format. The illustrations are wonderfully drawn, and I found there was a good ratio of text to art. But I did not like this story at all. I can’t say much without spoiling it, but I am left wondering what Niffenegger was trying to say by having Alexandra kill herself in order to work in the Night Bookmobile, when she already had an apparently “dream” job in a real library. Is the point of this supposed to be Mr Openshaw’s statement that “only living people can be Readers.”? Is she saying that librarians are lonely and depressed people who can only relate to books? Or that loving books will lead to a life spent alone? Clearly, I just don’t get it.

Although I am not a great fan of graphic novels (In the four I’ve tried previously, I found the text difficult to read, and the art mostly dark.), I do admire the illustrations here. They are wonderfully detailed and the characters lifelike. Too bad the story is so bad. 1* for the art. ( )
1 vote BookConcierge | Feb 1, 2017 |
Now, as a rule I stay away from graphic novels. Sorry, I meant comic books. Let's be real: that's what the vast majority of them are. But this little tale of a magic bus and the power of books in one's life is engrossing. And you can get through it in 15 minutes. Nice little story. ( )
  stringcat3 | Aug 28, 2016 |
I opened the book to just take a look at it and ended up reading the whole thing. I'd love to come across my own bookmobile! Even though the story takes an unexpected turn, it was still very sweet. Of course, that might just be because of my nerdy love of books, but I don't care. ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
Only at Sierra Nevada College 4/25/15
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
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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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