The Book of Lost Things

The Book of Lost Things

Book - 2006
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The bestselling author of The Black Angel offers a creative coming-of-age story about one boys journey into adulthood, combining dramatic themes with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a fantastical imagination.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2006
ISBN: 9780743298858
Branch Call Number: M CON
Characteristics: 339 p


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Jan 16, 2018

Great story that is really honest in its views of grief and fear and selfishness. Though it follows the adventures of a young boy during WWII it weaves together themes that are applicable to modern people no matter their age. The story will catch and hold you with its interesting nods to common themes of fairy tale style literature and also gruesome riffs on those themes. Highly recommended to adult fans of fairy tales.

May 21, 2017

This book is brilliant. It is a book about loss, and childhood. And loss of childhood. I thought this book was well written and can not imagine this story told any differently. This is definitely a great book for anyone who like fairy tales. Is this book good for children? I struggled with this question as I read this book because I have a young teen who loves fantasy type books. There is some descriptive bloody violence in this book. It takes a page from the Brothers Grimm in that some characters stories come to a violent unhappy ending. More than the violence, what make me question if this is a book for children is that it is a book about loss such that I think someone with more life experience would get more out of the book. An older child could certainly enjoy this book, but I do think the themes in this book are more meaningful to an adult.

Mar 12, 2017

I picked this up because I enjoy the Charlie Parker series so much. This is as beautifully written but totally different. It is a fairy tale with many of the hallmarks of the genre. But Connolly makes it his own and the message is piercing. Loss of innocence, gaining of wisdom, selfishness giving away to self-sacrifice. It is a book written for adults disguised as a children's book.

May 20, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. It was dark and creepy and I really enjoyed the fairy tale retelling. My only complaint is how linear the storytelling is and how obvious most things were from pretty early on. But I still really enjoyed it and am on to read "The Gates" now.

Oct 07, 2015

This is honestly one of my favorite books in the entire world. It is difficult to describe because it tells a coming of age story on many levels. On the surface, The Book of Lost Things could be described as weaving alternate versions of fairy tales together, but this is no children's book. It is a dark, heartbreaking look at growing up written in some of the most beautiful prose I've experienced as a reader. I couldn't recommend this book more.

Feb 11, 2015

A heartbreaking story that interweaves a child's dealing with loss and change with the magical world of fairy tales.

David escapes to a land of twisted fairy tales, but finds that the comfort he thought would be there is false. Ultimately he decides that returning home is important and while he still longs for the world of fantasy he has also developed a compassion for those he left behind.

While the story involves a child the story is really told for adults to read. It is written as a memory of an adult. At times I felt it a bit longish in tooth but the finale made up for it. I read a copy where the end of the book had a brief interview and review of all the fairy tale sources .... all the sources except a couple stories that the entire situation seems to be built around- The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland. The escape and return to home a changed person, one who sees things that makes them grow up a bit faster than usual due to the situation's brutal nature.

Wonderful story.

PaulaHoney Aug 28, 2013

This is one of the best books I have ever read. Connolly is a genius! For those who have a background in the study of children's literature or folk and fairy tales, you will be pleased.
It is very Gaiman, very Grimm, and very very good.
Children and adults will enjoy. However, there are a lot of frightening scenes.

Jul 21, 2013

This is tied amongst two other books for my favorite book.

It was beautiful, heart breaking, unique and fascinating.

If you pick this book up and think it's not your cup of tea after the first chapter or two, just stick with it. The first part is important, but not indicative of what the rest of the book is like.

I thought there was no way to properly end it. I was wrong. The ending was perfect.

I wish the rest of the author's stories were this amazing.

jeanner222 Apr 30, 2013

Once upon a time—for that is how all stories should begin—there was a boy who lost his mother.

This boy’s name is David, and the loss of his mother is all-consuming. He hasn’t a brother or a sister to comfort him, only a father, who already seems to have moved on to another woman.

In his grief, David immerses himself in books, as stories always connected him to his mother. As his father marries and has another son, David remains mired in his grief. Books are his only comfort.

A dramatic sequence of events changes everything for David. He is transported to another world, a world built by stories and fears and imagination. It is here that David is able to come to terms with life and death.

raydat51 Jun 22, 2012

In my top ten of fiction. Connolly may just be one of the finest writers out there right now. His Charlie Parker novels are fine detective fiction but this, a different area of fiction, is fine; capturing the sadness and pain of leaving childhood and the refusal of some to do so. His protagonist is a fine balance of anger and resentment versus his innate bravery and goodness. This is, in my judgement, adult fiction; there is much here that could cause nightmares or discomfort for a younger reader not ready for some of the issues raised. HIGHLY recommended.

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