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The Book of Lost Things (2008)

de John Connolly

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Mourning the loss of his mother, David finds comfort in the books she left behind. But soon the make-believe world of the books melds with David's reality, and the figments of his imagination become startlingly real. Suddenly, he finds himself in a brutal land populated by trolls, harpies, and werewolf-like creatures. His only hope is to find the king, whose Book of Lost Things could show David the way home.… (mais)
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The story of how one lost little boy has his soul saved by his quest through the tropes of a dark, dismal fairyland landscape. A reworking of some of the most famous fairytales, deeper, darker versions that sweep away the prettified, Disneyfications that we think we know so well, and restore the danger, power (and violence) of the originals. Like the wonderful Broadway musical and movie "In the Woods," the power of the tales are enhanced by the mash-up of characters (Rumpelstiltskin, meet Sleeping Beauty!), and a return to their violent roots (this Sleeping Beauty has sharp teeth ...)

This grew on me as I read on: I found the opening chapters, in which David loses his mother and has to adapt as his father remarries and presents him with an unwanted half-brother, a bit resistible. David seems like a very young twelve-year-old. (The ghost of myself at 12 -- who considered herself quite a grown up woman of the world -- bitterly resents babyish depictions of children.) Some elements of his grief at his mother's death feel like the way a pious adult would think a child should feel.

It got much better SPOILER when David passed over to the blighted fairyland, set to work saving himself, solving the mystery of the blight that had befallen the kingdom, and finding his way home. There was some humor, some lightness of touch, and just enough recognition of the absurdity of it all. The ending was genuinely touching and, like all the best fairytales, the "happily ever after" was relieved by a good dose of reality. ( )
  maura853 | Jul 11, 2021 |
Really 3.5 stars. Masquerading as a child's fantasy book, this dark book involves a young boy escaping reality to seek his dead mother. He finds himself in a strange land, where Lupes and wolves are threatening to overthrow a weak and dying King, who is trapped there by his own poor decisions. Intertwined are a series of twisted fairy tales. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Stories _want_ to be read, to be told. They need the telling to exist. Turns out we need them as well.

While I was pretty sure I'd enjoy this book, I was unprepared for how much I fell in love with it. The main character is a great Everykid: he wants to be good, to be loved, he imagines what he wishes could be, and he fears exclusion and replacement. I might have been him, and I think I've raised a son much like him. As for the story, this is much like Neil Gaiman's work BUT alloyed with something more like Tad Williams' "Otherland"... a fraught, malleable alternate world that may or may not be of one's own creation. Many reviews focus on the bleaker, more violent parts of "The Book of Lost Things," and those are present as surely as they are in the original version of most fairy tales, but this book also has deep pathos, understanding of human emotion, and no small amount of whimsy or even absurd humor. For instance:

“He had quite liked the dwarfs. He often had no idea what they were talking about, but for a group of homicidal, class-obsessed small people, they were really rather good fun.”

Where else will you find the Seven Dwarfs are Marxist revolutionaries with hearts of gold?

My recommendation: buy it, read it, and pass it to someone who needs it. It wants to be read, after all. ( )
  MLShaw | Jun 24, 2021 |
An entertaining read...I'm always a sucker for twists on fairy tales. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
I fought with this book a little because I was afraid that it would end with a cop-out but it committed to its ideas and let them follow the fairy tale logic it had created. This is actually more of a 4.5 because I did find the beginning parts in the real world slow but once David got to the other world, I did appreciate that I knew more about what motivated him. This is a book for adults, despite the main character being a child but if you were a child that loved the Chronicles of Narnia, the Neverending Story, the darker versions of fairy tales, or ideally all of the above, you'll be an adult that will probably enjoy this. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
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This is an adult novel steeped in children's literature that cannily makes its 1940s junior protagonist credibly ignorant of aspects which the grown-up reader, or any modern kid, will catch at once.

Written in the clear, evocative manner of the best British fairy tales from JM Barrie to CS Lewis, The Book of Lost Things is an engaging, magical, thoughtful read.
adicionado por Stir | editarThe Independent, Kim Newman (Sep 25, 2006)
 
Good ideas, these afterthoughts, every one; but rather than go back and write them in, he sticks them down in the pluperfect and hurries on. The result is less a novel in any genre than a catalogue, a dispiritingly detailed outline for something Connolly might like to write, if he only had the time, or the talent, or a decent editor.
adicionado por Stir | editarThe Guardian, Colin Greenland (Sep 22, 2006)
 

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Connolly, Johnautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Bortolussi, StefanoTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life. - Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805)
Everything you can imagine is real. - Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
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Mourning the loss of his mother, David finds comfort in the books she left behind. But soon the make-believe world of the books melds with David's reality, and the figments of his imagination become startlingly real. Suddenly, he finds himself in a brutal land populated by trolls, harpies, and werewolf-like creatures. His only hope is to find the king, whose Book of Lost Things could show David the way home.

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