High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.
Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.
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A student handed this to me and demanded that I read it. She did not explain what the story was or why I should read the novel, but the gleam in her eye, and the urgency in her voice did not leave room for argument or bargaining – I had no choice. And thus began quite an unexpected, dangerous, and beautiful journey.
Am I glad that I did read this! While it is a bit slow to begin with, and quite heart-wrenching, the story picks up pace once David enters the ‘other world’. In that world, fairy tales, myths, and legends are turned on their head with darker and deadlier consequences – all in the name that David find his way to the king, who keeps The Book of Lost Things, which will help David return to his world, and to teach David important lessons about love, family, courage, fear, loyalty, betrayal, growing up, life, and death.
I very much enjoyed this novel, and especially enjoyed recognizing the fairy tales, myths, and legends that were incorporated into the tale. Most interesting of all, however, was the discussion with John Connolly (at the end) of why he chose the stories that he did – very interesting, to say the least.