The Tattooed Map
"I'm beside myself, I can barely write thisthe design on my left hand is now extended up my wrist ..." So deepens the enigma of The Tattooed Map, a richly illustrated and thoroughly captivating first novel by Barbara Hodgson. Somewhere in Northern Africa, an intrepid traveler awakens with a... show more
"I'm beside myself, I can barely write thisthe design on my left hand is now extended up my wrist ..." So deepens the enigma of The Tattooed Map, a richly illustrated and thoroughly captivating first novel by Barbara Hodgson. Somewhere in Northern Africa, an intrepid traveler awakens with a mysterious mark on her hand that soon develops into a detailed, macabre map spreading across her skin. As Lydia's private journal entries unfoldcomplete with fold-out maps, photographs, drawings, and handwritten notesthe reader becomes as drawn into the conundrum of the tattooed map as Lydia herself. When Lydia disappears and her friend Christopher takes up her journal to record his search for her, the situation becomes even more puzzlinguntil the book's haunting resolution. In this unique novel, as engrossing to look at as it is to read, Hodgson has crafted a spine-tingling mystery that will make armchair adventurers want to embark upon their own journeysif only they could be sure of their return.
Publish date: 1995-08-01
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pages no: 120
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
2.5 stars, the book becomes much less interesting after Lydia's disappearance
A man and woman travel to Morocco. The woman keeps a diary. She begins to see that a map is appearing on her hand. She disappears. The man tries to find her.Much cooler than I’m describing here, with lots of maps and bus ticket stubs and drawings and side notes.
The strong point of this little book is the descriptions of the places visited, but the author does the same thing better in her non-fiction work Trading in Memories: Travels Through a Scavenger's Favorite Places. Otherwise it is rather weak plot-wise and the multimedia novel is done better in Nick ...