The Secret of Lost Things
Eighteen years old and completely alone, Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little other than her love of books and an eagerness to explore the city. Taking a job at a vast, chaotic emporium of used and rare books called the Arcade, she knows she has found a home. But when Rosemary... show more
Eighteen years old and completely alone, Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little other than her love of books and an eagerness to explore the city. Taking a job at a vast, chaotic emporium of used and rare books called the Arcade, she knows she has found a home. But when Rosemary reads a letter from someone seeking to “place” a lost manuscript by Herman Melville, the bookstore erupts with simmering ambitions and rivalries. Including actual correspondence by Melville, The Secret of Lost Things is at once a literary adventure and evocative portrait of a young woman making a life for herself in the city.
Publish date: March 11th 2008
Pages no: 349
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Books About Books
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Coming Of Age
, New York
I always enjoy a book whose characters stay with me after I've finished reading the story. The Secret of Lost Things is peopled with lots of unusual characters / misfits, if you will. A coming of age story with many unique twists and turns told in just enough poignant detail, it left me wanting more...
In this coming of age story of a young Tasmanian girl, wallflower Rosemary, only Walter Geist, both a tragic character and albino, is truly interesting. And perhaps Oscar, at first. With his handsome looks that seemingly - nonsense of course - contradict his a-sexuality. The other characters populat...
Not bad but certainly disappointing. Having read Byats's "Possession" and Carlos Ruiz Zafón's "The shadow of the wind" (ok, and admitting that I dumbly assumed their influence on Hay's story), I expected much more.Without the prejudices, "The secret of lost things" could be a good companion for a so...
This was a somewhat interesting read. I liked the setting of the bookstore and the idea of a lost novel, but the characters lacked development and were somewhat unbelievable. I was expecting more from this book.
I really like a lot of the odd characters in this book, but the story seemed "much ado about nothing", and the whole pursuit if the missing manuscript is a very dull story. The one segment that held some intimacy between characters was just plain yucky and ruined the entire book for me.
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