Our book of the week this week has been chosen by Lara over at Harefield Library.
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Totally not what I expected from John Connolly who is best known for his ‘Charlie Parker’ crime series – but I am so pleased he took a leap into the unknown.
For those of you who love fantasy merged with reality, especially twisted adult fairy tales this book is a delight. I am a huge fan of Angela Carter, Neil Gaiman & Ransom Riggs and this book did not disappoint. I picked it up when I saw that it has been selected for the ‘Times Book Club’ and read on the back that it has been recommended as an ‘Adult Fairy Tale’ I was gripped.
A slow start describing the main characters life and how much he hates in against the background of the second world war..it slowly gets interesting when you are not sure what the boy is dreaming and what’s real. Soon total immersion comes and he has to fight his way back home.
“Everything You Can Imagine is Real.” – Pablo Picasso
Twelve 12 year old David, mourns the loss of his mother and detests his step-mother. He is angry and along 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 the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: ‘Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king.’
And as war rages across Europe, David is violently propelled into a land that is both a construct of his imagination yet frighteningly real, a strange reflection of his own world composed of myths and stories, populated by wolves and worse-than-wolves, and riled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a legendary book…..