The Museum of Extraordinary Things
A NovelBook - 2014
Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father's "museum," alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.
The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father's Lower East Side Orthodox community and his job as a tailor's apprentice. When Eddie photographs the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the suspicious mystery behind a young woman's disappearance and ignites the heart of Coralie.
With its colorful crowds of bootleggers, heiresses, thugs, and idealists, New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman weaves her trademark magic, romance, and masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a sizzling, tender, and moving story of young love in tumultuous times. The Museum of Extraordinary Things is Alice Hoffman at her most spellbinding.
From Library Staff
PoMoLibrary Jul 05, 2014
Excellent writing. Great Story. Recommended by Patricia.
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Maureen told Coralie: “Love happens in such a way. It walks up to you, and when it does, you need to recognize it for what it is and, perhaps more important, for what it might become.”
“Did the heat of passion have the power to change one’s vision, so that what was false became true, and truth itself was nowhere to be seen?”
p. 157 Hochman said to Eddie:
“That just goes to show what a man thinks and what he feels are not necessarily one and the same.”
p. 157 Hochman said to Eddie: “”It is not finding what’s lost, it is understanding what you’ve found.”
Maureen said: “Trust me when I say, it’s best for both of us to keep our thoughts to ourselves.”
Coralie said: “I was convinced that God had a hand in everything we did on earth, though we might never understand his ways, …”
“Love is odder than anything you might find here,” Maureen instructed.
Levy said to Eddie:” In our world of shadows, there is no black and white but a thousand different strokes of light. A wedding is a joyous event. There’s no shame in catching those moments of all time.”
“It was the eye of the camera that captured the world as it truly was. For this reason photography was not only Eddie’s profession, it was his calling.”
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The author is a good storyteller; she gives us vivid descriptions of places, scenes and characters in this book. The fantasy is disturbing, but similar stories of the book happened in the 1900s. People did not know that to do with relatives with disabilities.
The beginning of the trust between Coralie and Eddie was rushed. The same day they met, she trusted him with many secrets. I did not think it was reasonable according to the tone of the book.
The book inspired me to do research about the devastation and the working conditions for women and children in the 1900s. I liked the way the author ended the book with Coralie’s letter to Maureen. It was very touchy.
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