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Titre : The Book of Lost Things
Éditeur : Atria Books, New York
Date d'édition : 2006
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Very Good
Etat de la jaquette : Very Good
Edition : First Printing
Blue paper-covered boards with gilt lettering. Appears unread. Text is clean and white, no marks. Unclipped DJ with $23.00 price shows a hint of edgewear. "High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book." (from the jacket). N° de réf. du libraire T52915
Synopsis : 'Once upon a time, there was a boy who lost his mother ...' As twelve-year-old David takes refuge from his grief in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds the real world and the fantasy world begin to blend. That is when bad things start to happen. That is when the Crooked Man comes. And David is violently propelled into a land populated by heroes, wolves and monsters in his quest to find the legendary Book of Lost Things.
'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)
'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)
'Connolly imagines the emotional cave-in of puberty intelligently, even perceptively' ( Guardian)
'A moving fable, brilliantly imagined, about the agony of loss and the pain of young adulthood' ( The Times)
'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)
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