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Two black swords against all the silver blades of the Hidden City. (56)

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick.

Black Ahnighito
Mother lode of Anglachel,
Also called Gurthang.

Done by the same gentleman who did the amazing Invention of Hugo Cabret, which is selling point enough. Seriously, if you haven't read The Invention of Hugo Cabret, what is wrong with you? This book-- like Hugo-- is a mixture of pictures & words. Not a graphic novel, not an illustrated book, these are the sort of books that Martin Scorsese decides to make movies out of. Movies starring Hit Girl & Saruman, Ghandi & Borat, Mordred & Doctor Watson. Whereas Hugo Cabret focuses on Georges Méliès, automata, trains & the invention of special effects, Wonderstruck deals with Deaf culture, the change from silent films to the talkies, lightning, museum dioramas, & the World's Fair. Two threads run through the book, tying together at the end-- one primarily visual, one primarily text, ultimately culminated in overlapping images & sequences. Quite a bit of narrative skullduggery, getting the temporal interweaving just right. Well played. The fact that New York City has such a looming role is just icing on the cake. Owing the biggest debt to From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Wonderstruck is a good exploration of how subject of real importance-- death, freedom, parentage-- effect children, & it deals with the topic of deafness to boot. There isn't a lot to say about it because-- well, I figure reading Brian Selznick is just about required reading for everyone, right? He's the guy who is out there pushing the envelope that Scott McCloud delineated, right?
Tags: books, comics, haiku, selznick

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