The Book of Lost Things: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 7, 2006 - Fiction - 339 pages
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New York Times" bestselling author John Connolly's unique imagination takes readers through the end of innocence into adulthood and beyond in this dark and triumphantly creative novel of grief and loss, loyalty and love, and the redemptive power of stories."

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 around him, 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... "The Book of Lost Things."

An imaginative tribute to the journey we must all make through the loss of innocence into adulthood, John Connolly's latest novel is a book for every adult who can recall the moment when childhood began to fade, and for every adult about to face that moment. "The Book of Lost Things "is a story of hope for all who have lost, and for all who have yet to lose. It is an exhilarating tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

  

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I loved the characters and the pace of the plot. - LibraryThing
Wonderful writing, with wonderful characters. - LibraryThing
There's some lovely imagery and cute humour. - LibraryThing
What a wonderful change of pace! - LibraryThing
It's an amazing fairy tale with an incredible ending. - LibraryThing
The prose was simple, yet eloquent at the same time. - LibraryThing

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What a delightful book! I thoroughly enjoyed the story of David and his adventures, and was pleasantly surprised by the huge amount of supplemental material at the end of the book. At first, David's ... Read full review

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User Review  - morgtini - LibraryThing

This book was my first encounter with author John Connolly, and I have to say that I really captivated me throughout the story. It was darker than I expected it to be, which was awesome, and the ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

John Connolly is the author of Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, Bad Men, Nocturnes, and The Black Angel. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at www.johnconnolly.co.uk.

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