Title: The Book of Lost Things
Author: John Connolly
Publisher: Atria Books, 2006
Number of pages: 339
Rating: 3 out of 5
After happily delving into this book, I struggled with it until the last twenty pages. It was filled with such darkness that I wondered how I could finish it.
Initially, I found myself comparing it to Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart. Both books have a masterful way of including a love of literature, as well as element of fairy tale, within the characters’ lives. But, very quickly The Book of Lost Things became so convoluted that I felt almost as lost as David wandering through the forest, constantly taunted by The Crooked Man.
The Crooked Man is a very real trickster. Deceived by his lies, we must be careful not to believe his efforts to tarnish the good that we have in our lives. This part of the book, especially as it is so neatly concluded at the end, was my favorite part.
As David accomplishes his journey, with courage and strength, he learns the valuable lesson that our love cannot change things; it cannot save the lovers and children we hold so dear. At the same time, he learns to accept, if not cherish, that which he does have instead of longing for what is lost.
If anyone can grasp those lessons from a book (for who among us has not suffered loss?), it is a book well written indeed.