The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

book-of-lost-things-225Imagine this: Your name were David, and you were twelve years old. Your mother had just passed away. You mourned for her death. Now, it’s just the two of you left, you and your dad. At first, your life had to continue without your mom, but all men couldn’t do it. The next moment, your dad already had a new girl named Rose, and the next second, they were already dating, and ath the end, they married. Then Rose had a baby boy named Georgie. You raged out. You fought a lot with that woman because you hated her at the very first sight. But she didn’t hate you, she wanted to try and make peace, but you wouldn’t let her. Your father wasn’t any help either. He was already sick and tired with both of you fighting and bickering over very small things.

Could you imagine it? If you could, let me ask you a question: which side are you going to be? David? His father? Or Rose?

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Fairy Tales From Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

brother grimm“Swiftness is a great virtue in the fairy tales. All we need is the word ‘Once’ and we’re off!”

I’ve always like fairy tales, probably because of watching the  TV series Once Upon a Time, and falling in love by how twisted the plots become. And in a second, this book landed in my hands. I’ve reread the stories many many times, and it always ends with a happy ending.

Philip Pullman, who had joined all these fairy tails together was born on 19 October 1946. His most famous books were the His Dark Materials series, a trilogy that I had read some time ago, and his fictional book about Jesus called Jesus, The Good Man Jesus and Scoundrel Christ.

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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

treasure islandWhen Billy Bones enters the inn for the first time, Jim Hawkin, the son of the innkeeper, only assumes him as one of the long term lodger, only paying the first week of his stay and becomes a drunken seaman. It does not take young Jim Hawkins long to realize that Billy Bones is in hiding, from a man with one leg. Black Dog, appears in the inn one day, and Jim Hawkins who is the only witness to the door, hears the fight and bangs and crashes, and is in time to see Black Dog fleeing and Billy Bones suffering a stroke.

Billy Bones confesses everything to Jim Hawkins, but not to everyone. He tells Jim he is an ex-crew of Captain Flint and his ex-crewmates wants Captain Flint’s chest, which is currently with him. And he gives Jim the map. Black Dog and his crew never did leave Billy Bones alone. Some time later, this time it is Pew, a blind ex-crew of Captain Flint who demands to see Billy Bones and hands him a paper to discover the Black Spot, a pirate’s summons, with the warning that he has until 10’o clock to meet their demand. Billy Bones has a stroke and dies on the spot, leaving the pirates to attack the inn. Jim Hawkin and his family lives.

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Moominpappa at Sea by Tove Jansson

moominpappa at seaMoominpappa’s family is extraordinary. They are consisting of standard family members: parents and two children (one boy one girl), but all of them have a different personality. Moominpappa is the leader of the family and has the most authorotive tone. He likes to be on the lead of all of things, and make responsibility as his first priority. Moominmama is the gentle one of the family. She likes to paint and can blend herself with her paintings. She loves to garden and will work really hard to achieve a dream garden.

Moomintroll is the mysterious and lonely son of the Moomin family. He is the most introvet family member. He is inquistive and loves to try and find out new stuffs, like the sea horse shoes and the lonely Groke. Little My is the little girl. I think she is probably adopted as she doesn’t look like the rest of the family. She is smart and has a tomboyish attitude. The whole family together, has a cheerful attitude. They talk to each other on their sadness, happiness, ideas, inspirations and facts. The characters are surprisingly complex and plausible.

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

miraculous journey of edward tulaneOnce, there was a china rabbit. Who was loved by a little girl. The rabbit went on an ocean journey and fell overboard and was rescued by a fisherman. He was buried under rubbish and unburied  by a dog. He travelled for a long time with the tramps and worked for a short time with the scare crow.

Once, there was a rabbit who loved a little girl and watched her die. The rabbit danced on the street of Memphis. His head was broken open in a diner and he was out together again by a doll mender. And the rabbit swore he would not make a mistake of loving again.

Once, there was a rabbit who danced in the garden in springtime with the daugther of the woman who had loved him at the beginning of the journey. The girl swung the rabbit as she danced in circles. Sometimes they went so fast, the two of them, that it seemed as if they were flying. Sometimes it seemed that both of them had wings.

Once, oh marvellous once, there was a rabbit who found his way home.

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The synopsis of this beautiful story that begins on Egypt Street is very poetic. The Rabbit itself is Edward Tulane. He lives with a family, the Tulanes. He is loved with the utmost care so much by his owner, Abilene. This is a wonderful adventure story, reminds me of Toy Story, a story about all the toys that have their own consious thinking. Eward, the rabbit does, and he is pampered by Abilene, leading him to being a rabbit who’s very pleased with himself.

One day, Abilene’s parents announce they will all be going to London. Abilene decides to take Edward along. When Edward is on board, he is thrown to the ocean by some boys who are picking on him. Edward gets lost on the sea.

His first mistress’s grandmother sets a ‘curse’ on him that resuted the whole journey. A few days before he starts his journey, the grandmother tells her granddaugther a story about a princess who knows no love.  The story finishes with a dreadful ending for the princess.

Love. That is a really important lesson that Edward the rabbit learns in his journey. He always loves his new owner and Edward always wishes to be with him/her forever, but only to be seperated without saying goodbye. And as he lays before getting picked up again, he understands that love is something really important to him.

Throughout the story, Edward always thinks of love. Once he is loved by a very sick little girl named Sarah Ruth, but he loses her. He keeps losing love and he wants to give up hope. But, life is very funny. Every time he thinks he is broken-hearted, he is found by someone again to experience another kind of love. Edward takes an extraordinary journey; from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to somewhere else. Along they way, Edward witnesses many true miracle. He learns to love, to lose, and to love again.

I really like this book  because I think everybody has the same feeling towards Edward. I can relate how people find and lose love. I can understand how people feel devasted when they can’t find love and search it everywhere. Like all people in the world, Edward is always longing to love and be loved again. In his journey, being toss around from one person to another, Edward almost lose hope; but can we really lose hope in life?

Kate DiCamillo is an American writer of children’s fiction, often featuring animals. Kate DiCamillo suffered from chronic phenumonia. At the age of five, she moved to Florida for better health. Some of her books include Because of Winn Dixie (I love this book!) and The Tale of Desperaux. She won many medals and literature award for her writing.  Boston Globe Horn Award for fiction is presented for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a complex piece of literature presented in a simple, yet beautiful story that I know everybody will love.