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The King in the Window - Adam Gopnik, Omar Rayyan
The King in the Window
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Award-winning adult author Adam Gopnik`s first children`s book, an adventure set in modern day Paris starring an American boy who finds himself at the center of a war between window and mirror spirits, is an mixed bag of fantasy, technology and history that doesn`t quite hang together as a whole.... show more
Award-winning adult author Adam Gopnik`s first children`s book, an adventure set in modern day Paris starring an American boy who finds himself at the center of a war between window and mirror spirits, is an mixed bag of fantasy, technology and history that doesn`t quite hang together as a whole. One January evening, eleven-year-old Oliver receives a vision in his bedroom window of a young boy in 17th century dress. This apparition informs him that he is the new King in the Window, a hero elected by kind window wraiths to assist them in their centuries-long war with the soul-stealing evil mirror spirits. Soon, Oliver finds himself in The Way, or the parallel universe on the other side of mirrors. Here, he engages in battle with the diabolical Master of Mirrors, chats with Nostradamus, and helps rescue an elderly Alice in Wonderland. In addition, there is a subplot concerning a super computer atop the Eiffel Tower! , An examination of 17th century French court life, and an on-going discussion of quantum physics. Whew! Gopnik`s promising premise quickly sinks under the weight of top-heavy symbolism, arcane literary references, and a seemingly endless supply of quirky characters. As a result, the narrative loses its thread, and ultimately, it`s target middle grade audience, who will be unable to tie together the divergent strands of this convoluted tale. In sum, less would have been much more. --Jennifer Hubert
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780786838943 (0786838949)
Publisher: Miramax
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
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Bashara Likes Books
Bashara Likes Books rated it
3.0 The King in the Window
October's Mother-Daughter Book Club Selection. If I'd been reading this on my own I think it very likely that I'd have abandoned it early on. But I continued out of obligation and it DID get better. I still never fell in love with it, however. The characters never won me over and it was dull in...
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2.0 The King in the Window
Really disappointing. Too long, not enough action, too wordy. This is supposed to be for 9-12 year olds, but I can't imagine too many at that age willing to put up with so much.
Defenestraethe
Defenestraethe rated it
5.0 The King in the Window - Adam Gopnik,Omar Rayyan
Cool! I liked the historical French characters, and the modern setting in Paris. Library copy
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