Interesting to see a story developed around a protagonist who is angry, self-pitying and cowardly, but hard to stay interested, as the "Quest" drags on rather unremarkably, and the only other character who held my interest was soon left behind. I also had hope that the reality vs. dream theme would be better developed, but that just sort of fizzled at the end, along with the quest.
"“We read to find the end, for the story’s sake. We read not to reach it, for the sake of the reading itself. We read searchingly, like trackers, oblivious of our surroundings. We read distractedly, skipping pages. We read contemptuously, admiringly, negligently, angrily, passionately, enviously, longingly. We read in gusts of sudden pleasure, without knowing what brought the pleasure along. ‘What in the world is this emotion?’ asks Rebecca West after reading King Lear. ‘What is the bearing of supremely great works of art on my life which makes me feel so glad?’ We don’t know: we read ignorantly. We read in slow, long motions, as if drifting in space, weightless. We read full of prejudice, malignantly. We read generously, making excuses for the text, filling gaps, mending faults. And sometimes, when the stars are kind, we read with an intake of breath, with a shudder, as if someone or something has ‘walked over our grave,’ as if a memory had suddenly been rescued from a place deep within us—the recognition of something we never knew was there, or of something we vaguely felt as a flicker or shadow, whose ghostly form rises and passes back into us before we can see what it is, leaving us older and wiser.”"
— Alberto Manguel, A History of Reading (via invisiblestories)
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"The Book Thief," Markus Zusak
My Books (1919). Honor C. Appleton (1879-1951). Blackies Children’s Annual, 1921 edition.
I'm pretty sure there was a story there somewhere, but it was mostly obscured by an unedited regurgitation of words.
The real mystery in the book, how and why the city was split, is never resolved. Weak characterization makes it even more painful.
Not as well-developed as Shadow of the Wind or Angel's Game, but has good backstory of the characters from those two novels.