The pretty minimalist styled book cover drives a fun game of deception with reality and fiction: The eye falls only on some upright pastel-colored books; along before them chugs a tiny bright red family sedan; from its rear side window someone is looking out, comfortably leaning on both elbows, as you look at the world from a railroad car or a flat out … This cute scene – half bookshelf with toy car, half street book stores – stimulates our expectation of . an entertaining and imaginative book for the whole family
and just smart, enigmatic, broken the novel begins: the 26-year-old librarian Lucy Hull, daughter of a Jewish mother and a Russian father, the business with the Mafia be accused of, looks back on her adventure in which she has a boy “stolen”.
But she is a “bad guy”? She arranges itself ( “Hull”) one between “Huck” (Finn, the sidekick of Tom Sawyer) and Humbert (the adult abuser of Nabokov’s “Lolita”), and then told what her that “not the hero of this story” ( wants to be 8), is come.
in the children’s section of your library in Hannibal, Missouri, flowers on her when she reads once a week attentive little of literary valuable books. The ten-year Ian Drake, an intelligent Ausnahmebürschchen she particularly fascinated. Almost every day he borrows from new books. But one day crosses his rigged mother and presents a list: Tabu were henceforth all adult books, the themes of witchcraft, Satanism, evolutionary theory, and authors such as Harry Potter [sic], Roald Dahl, Louis Lowry and similar … ” and please, no sweets, “adds the lovely red-haired beauty.
From then put Lucy the boy the books she recommends him secretly.
When Lucy one morning enters her library, she finds Ian, who has camped between the book series. He wants to leave and has already packed his knapsack for this purpose. His religious awakened Family, an evangelical community connected, Ian had written namely special for Pastor Bob’s Bible study: He can reverse the polarity (allegedly) astray Camélias (gays, lesbians, etc.) and (Ian) away in this regard at risk before their misfortune .
First, Lucy wants to bring the boys back home, but then the boy pushes it in the car, she should “easily continue for a while” (p 107) but. The two slide into a literary Rutschpartie across America. They make a short visit to Lucy’s parents in Chicago. With wads from the father and an obscure box for Uncle Leo to continue. The experiences Lucy that her father was once conspiratorial active in Russia and then flee had. But they have to continue, because Ian would like to visit the grave of his grandmother, which is reportedly in a cemetery at the Canadian border in any case …
A stringent action must be no more expected in this abduction story as questions about motives and guilt. Although the plot is quite settled in the concrete reality (fast food, Snickers, Telephony, Internet, …), but he is “realistic” is limited. Lucy already notice that they are of course more and more into a crime involved ( “my life […] thrown and destroyed his parents’ […]”, page 126), but they tingelt continue with Ian through the country. If they have to identify them schematically on the most amazing stories. And the relationship between the two bobs uniformly to himself and remains superficial
What makes the novel attractive, is the game with prejudices and stereotypes -. About gifted children, about Russians, on intellectuals, over bigoted Southerner, about regions of the United States and so on … all this is ironic oversubscribed and sometimes acts like a cartoon strip. is
the second pillar of the novel, as also already looming on the cover, playing with literature. Because the names of dozens of VIPs fall of the British-American literary history of the 19th and 20th centuries: Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Vladimir Nabokov, William Thackeray, Theodore Dreiser, Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll … The author quotes from poems, Gilbert and Sullivan works, nursery rhymes, Scottish folk songs … you seasons her tale with allusions to literary forms (popular ” How to … ” – guide, “Ten things …” – lists , role playing …). She breaks the perspective of the first-person narrative here and there (italics remote) sideways glances from the third person ( “The librarian replied …”).
Unfortunately, acts of this colorful kaleidoscope thrown together only by chance. Usually it is the name-dropping , or the quote from a few words; the statements to all of the many works that are called because Ian did anyone else already read them or are inconsequential, casual, pale, and they carry neither progress nor deepening of the events in. After the beautiful cover and printed on the dust jacket praise from Book List , New York Times and Oprah Magazine I felt just this eclectic handling . books and literature as disappointing flat
What remains a harmless narrated road movie is extremely mobile with a mentally and living capable young librarian and a precocious, brilliant-year-olds – quite imaginative, amusing in moderation, perhaps a little too wordy and very American in any case.