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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (June 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380976722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380976720
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 14.8 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Move over, Holden Caulfield! Oct. 1 2000
By "terwell" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While I liked his other works, Salinger's Catcher in the Rye always left me cold. Holden is such a jerk! Kaspian, however, in Kaspian Lost, is a thoughtful individual caught between conflicting (if unhelpfully sincere) versions of reality posed by the other characters, while searching out his own understanding of The Meaning of Life. Kaspian's Attitude Problem, his defense in the face of life's betrayal, is familiar to anyone who lost one or both parents at an early age. His encounters with alternative education in various guises are wonderfully, darkly comic. Grant holds the sacred cows of religion, new age philosphy, education, psycology, government committees, you name it, up to the harsh glare of both Kaspian's extreme need for honest explanations and healthy common sense and distrust of any rhetoric. What I especially love about Grant's books is that his characters are always three dimensional. Even Kaspian's stepmother, who few of us could tolerate, is trying to help him, betraying her own beliefs in sending him to AYA. The people Kaspian encounters, while representing different points of view, are lovingly drawn and interesting in their own right. The book is beautifully structured, giving equal weight to different points of view about reality. Kaspian is a child of the eighties and nineties (cell phones, computers etc), but this book and its characters could have been set in the late sixties. Certainly I recognized many of the characters! (Innana's momware hits a little too close to home!) Keeping Kaspian in the present avoids the issue of LSD and Altered States, which caused so much additional confusion for questing teens in the sixties and seventies. In Kaspian's world, drugs are firmly in the hands of The Establishment, to be avoided at all costs. I believe that Grant's ending is the only possible one, to keep the book honest, as it were. None of us have perfect fairy tale endings, but tragedy is also a luxury most of us can avoid. Kaspian's angst is understandable and not excessive, and he works away at resolving issues as best he can (which is better than a lot of us can do). All any of us can do is put one foot ahead of the other, moving forward into the unknown gift of time we possess. "Ready for whatever comes."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Literary equivalent of that kid in "American Pie" July 26 1999
By Pete (petr_b@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I disagree with Harriet's summation in her above review -- anyone who's read his other stuff knows he always tries to do too much -- and usually pulls it off. So much is going on in "Through the Heart" and "Views From the Oldest House" that you basically become, well, intoxicated is the only way I can describe it -- but he ends up bringing it all to a (stunning) conclusion in both novels.
But I agree with her general assessment of "Kaspian Lost" -- a lot of ends remain loose. I don't want to give away plot, but many interesting subplots and conflicts remain unresolved. Hollywood ending? No, but an easy ending, that comes WAY TOO SOON, in my opinion.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A good read despite some flaws June 3 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
To prepare him for his fall entrance to the American Youth Academy, Kaspian's stepmother ships him for the summer to the Accelerated Skills Acquisition Camp. Hating the place, especially his counselor, Kaspian walks away from everyone. As the area becomes dark, Kaspian headed to a light where he meets his deceased daddy and three malevolent leprechauns who tell him to come with them. He next meets a girl who tries to explain where he is.
Four days later, Kaspian reappears at the camp. He refuses to tell anyone where he has been as he desperately holds on to the memory of the alternate universe he visited. Adults believe Kaspian is rebelling and needs special attention. As he goes to the school that expects to change his behavior, Kaspian searches for himself even as he knows there are strange places to hide from the adults trying to destroy his essence.
KASPIAN LOST is a schizoid novel. When the novel concentrates on the duel between the lead protagonist and the adults know best crowd, the story is entertainingly brilliant. When the plot concentrates on otherworldly phenomena it loses direction. The two prime plots never fully merge, leaving readers wondering what happened. Kaspian is a tremendous character filled with teen angst and raging hormones. Richard Grant is a very talented writer whose tale is intriguing but tries to do too much.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I wanted the Kaspian from "In the Land of Winter" back June 17 2000
By "scoodee" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I missed the child Kaspian From "In the Land of Winter" with the chocolate mint eyes in Richard Grant's latest book "Kaspian Lost". Maybe I'm missing the point and the characters that resurface in various Richard Grant works are not supposed to carry a clear growth progression. It was hard to see the little boy Kaspian, who had such a clear idea of right and wrong and religious zealotry (in "In the Land of Winter") turn into such a misguided adolescent. The book stalled in parts, which all of Richard Grants books do, but "Kaspian Lost" lost the magic that Tex and Molly were existing in and that we were led to believe in the previous book that Kaspian embodied. I enjoyed the book but I missed the magic.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Adolescence in all its painful wonder Oct. 27 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Kaspian is a main character that I felt connected to immediately, and I wanted to find out what had happened to him in the woods as badly as Kaspian did. I was amazed at how well Grant captured the indecision and frustration of being a teenager, and the wonder of discovering how chaotic and beautiful life can be. However, I do agree with Pete when he says that Grant left too many loose ends. Maybe I just want to be assured that Charity escaped her medicated prison, or that Kaspian's testimony in Congress somehow made a difference. But I also suspect that Grant was trying to get across the point that a story can be as unending and uncertain as life itself. I do like the irony that Winot's Code of Honor stressed "My life and my well-being are my responsibility and no one else's" but his methods depended upon adults deciding what was best for children. All the critiques aside, I loved this book, and I wish that I could meet Kaspian, Charity, Malcolm, and Fuad and be a part of their world. Thank you to Richard Grant for another book that made me feel as wonderfully changed as "Tex and Molly."


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