The Book of Lost Things Audio CD – Nov 1 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Crossley provides a smooth, professional reading of this heartfelt story of loss and discovery. Connolly's fairy tale for adults chronicles the adventures of David, a 12-year-old boy growing up in WWII England. Still mourning the loss of his mother to cancer, David is desperately trying to adjust to life with a new stepmother, a new half-brother and a father who, because of the war, is never around. But everything changes when David stumbles through a magical gateway and into a realm of familiar, yet decidedly different, representations of classic fairy tales. Searching for a way home, he is pursued by the Crooked Man, an evil troll who must strip David of his innocence in order to retain his power over the kingdom. David learns lessons of bravery, loyalty, acceptance, sacrifice and, finally, the power of love and family. Crossley's narration is articulate and measured, bringing a respectful dignity to the author's prose. He takes the same care with the book's multitude of characters, whether it is David, the Crooked Man or a hilariously funny band of anti-capitalist dwarfs. A lovely tale, skillfully told.
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One of my most favourite characters within the book was Roland. Roland was a knight who was in search for a dark tower. As you read the book, you will recognize many tales within it and one of the tales was about a knight who was in search of a tower to rescue a princess that was trapped within it. This short story was a bit altered in the book; it was a combination of Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty. The reason why I favour this character is because of his life story. He was in love with another knight and was in search for that knight, who had gone on the quest in search for the dark tower. Roland met his end in the tower but was still able to find his lost love. Though it was a tragedy, it ended in a happy ending for Roland.
Read this a few years ago, and it stayed etched in my memory. I had to make the book mine, and read it again.
And again and again.
(Thanks Amazon for getting it to me so quickly!)
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