The Book of Lost Things: A Novel Hardcover – Nov 7 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Thriller writer Connolly (Every Dead Thing) turns from criminal fears to primal fears in this enchanting novel about a 12-year-old English boy, David, who is thrust into a realm where eternal stories and fairy tales assume an often gruesome reality. Books are the magic that speak to David, whose mother has died at the start of WWII after a long debilitating illness. His father remarries, and soon his stepmother is pregnant with yet another interloper who will threaten David's place in his father's life. When a portal to another world opens in time-honored fashion, David enters a land of beasts and monsters where he must undertake a quest if he is to earn his way back out. Connolly echoes many great fairy tales and legends (Little Red Riding Hood, Roland, Hansel and Gretel), but cleverly twists them to his own purposes. Despite horrific elements, this tale is never truly frightening, but is consistently entertaining as David learns lessons of bravery, loyalty and honor that all of us should learn. (Nov.)
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Brilliantly creepy coming of age novel. Mirror 'Here Connolly steps directly into the enchanted forest, and the journey along its twisting path is as sinister and unsettling as anything invented by the Brothers Grimm ... Connolly's control of this material is superb; tension, terror and gallows humour make the book a gripping read. But this allegorical coming-of-age story also cleverly shows the way that traditional stories have been used to reflect the sometimes harsh concerns of our world.' Eithne Farry, Daily Mail John Connolly has a cult following for his crime novel and can clearly plot twists and turns. He has applied that talent to his own life by producing a very different book ... a highly original novel using stories that we all know. But think twice before reading his version of Hansel and Gretel to your kids. The Times It's imaginative, funny, sad and profound - fairy tales within a fairy tale, a child's adventure, a fantasy journey; it's about growing old and has the last word on dying ... Each re-reading still brings a sigh and a moment of reflection. Radio Times A powerful, powerful writer. I got a very real chill down my spine. This is an amazing book. -- Jeffery Deaver 'A moving fable, brilliantly imagined, about the agony of loss and the pain of young adulthood' The Times 'Connolly imagines the emotional cave-in of puberty intelligently, even perceptively' Guardian 'Engaging, magical, thoughtful read' Independent 'A new interpretation of old fairy tales, it is imaginative and beautifully written.' Choice 'This is no saccharine fairytale, but an eerie fable that's perfect for long winter nights' Daily Mail A powerful, powerful writer. I got a very real chill down my spine. This is an amazing book. -- Jeffery Deaver Brilliantly creepy coming of age novel. Mirror It's imaginative, funny, sad and profound - fairy tales within a fairy tale, a child's adventure, a fantasy journey; it's about growing old and has the last word on dying ... Each re-reading still brings a sigh and a moment of reflection. Radio Times John Connolly has a cult following for his crime novel and can clearly plot twists and turns. He has applied that talent to his own life by producing a very different book... a highly original novel using stories that we all know. But think twice before reading his version of Hansel and Gretel to your kids. Times 'The book's epic villainy, mournful tone and tested morality is the essence of Connolly. Worst of all is the Crooked Man, who ranks with the Travelling Man, the Collector and even Mr Pudd among Connolly's most memorable villains. 'THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS is peculiar and perverse and humane, with an incredibly lyrical finale ... The novel should earn the author new readers.' The Irish Times 'What gives THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS such a chilling edge is the way the real and illusory worlds sit so comfortably together ... and the most wicked of the wicked, who goes by the name of The Crooked Man, at times possesses the kind of guile and plausibility of which modern-day politicians would be proud ... Even if you aren't normally drawn to stories in which the imagination is given such a free rein, there is something tender, something strangely moving about David's experience of the land called Elsewhere.' Daily Express 'Brilliantly creepy coming of age novel' Mirror 'A powerful, powerful writer. I got a very real chill down my spine. This is an amazing book.' Jeffery Deaver 'Charming, disturbing and outrageously imaginative. A tremendously exciting change of pace.' Lawrence Jackson, Producer of BBC Radio 4's adaptations of John Connolly's short stories --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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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!)