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"A brilliant, perceptive, and deeply moving fable."
--Boston Sunday Globe

Publishers Weekly calls Gregory Maguire's Lost "a deftly written, compulsively readable modern-day ghost story." Brilliantly weaving together the literary threads of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, and the Jack the Ripper stories, the bestselling author of The Wicked Years canon creates a captivating fairy tale for the modern world. With Lost, Maguire--who re-imagined a darker, more dangerous Oz, and inspired the creation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway blockbuster Wicked--delivers a haunting tale of shadows and phantoms and things going bump in the night, confirming his reputation as "one of contemporary fiction's most assured myth-makers" (Kirkus Reviews).

Publisher: New York : Regan Books, c2001.
ISBN: 9780060393823
Characteristics: 339 p. ;,25 cm.


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DBRL_KrisA Mar 28, 2019

Lost is the title of the book, and lost is how I felt through a large portion of reading it. The main character, Winnie, is a writer who travels to London to visit a cousin and to try and get inspiration and motivation for her current writing project. When she arrives at her cousin's home he's not there, and the book is partly about figuring out what's happened to him, and about the strange things happening in his building.

In addition to the main plot, there's a second story being told (printed in italics). At the beginning, we're led to believe it's Winnie's novel-in-progress, but as the story progresses our understanding of this second story changes, which adds to the confusion factor.

The conversations among different characters added to my confusion. Sometimes characters would say mean things to each other that I thought were serious, but they were in jest, and sometimes the opposite happened.

Finally, a caution for readers who picked this book up because they liked Wicked: this is not Wicked. While there are a lot of mentions of Dickens' Christmas Carol and Peter Pan, this is not a retelling (like Wicked) of a well-known tale.

Dec 21, 2017

Ugh, it's just way too easy to "lost" interest in this stupid book.

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