Tuesday, January 18, 2011
This book is an ode to reading - but it is a cautionary tale as well. At first I didn't care much for the style of the artwork, but as I continued to read it grew on me, and by the end I found it really fit the atmosphere and tone of the book. It's a quick read, but a thought-provoking one, and I think it would be an excellent add-on book for any book club to read (or primary book, really - maybe during those summer months when everyone's so busy) - what a lot of fun discussion this book would inspire! This is another one of those books that is a great place to start for those who are interested in exploring the unique way in which graphic novels can tell a story.
In a way, this book reminds me of The Time Traveler's Wife, a novel I loved so much as I was reading, but it was so heartrending that there's no way I could handle reading it again. This one explores things I adore, but it delves into the dark side, and ends on a truly disturbing note - made all the more heartbreaking because I identified so much with the character and can definitely feel the compelling tug of the reasons for the choice she makes. This one, however, is one that I know I could read over and over again - it explores the passion for reading, and the importance of books in our lives - and is a reminder to those of us who might rather stay curled up in an armchair with our favorite literary companions to set the book down from time to time and do some non-vicarious living of our own.
The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger (Abrams, 2010)
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A Life in Books: "Although I was initially taken aback, the more I thought about the book and its message, the more I liked it."
Stuff as Dreams: " If you’re a book lover (and we all are) I think you’re sure to love this one. And she says in the afterword that it’s part of a larger collection she hopes to do called “The Library”! Hooray!!!"
The Written World: "It's short, but it really packs a punch. I was glued to the pages because it was compelling, but at the same time very dark."