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The Chess Set in the Mirror

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"This whimsical Italian fantasy, originally published in 1922, belongs on the shelf next toThe Little PrinceandAlice and Wonderland. Simple language by translator Gilson gives the novel a poetic tone, while STO's charming black-and-white illustrations add humor."—VOYA

Alone in a room with nothing but an old mirror and a chess set, a young boy anticipates a boring afternoon.
Paperback, 114 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Paul Dry Books (first published 1922)
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I would have really enjoyed this story when I was 9.
For most modern readers this book might be a drag, but for the time period this would probably be a fantastic adventure. I find it a little eerie or weird in the unnerving sense, but am enjoying it. It's virtual/parallel worlds before the dawn of virtual reality. It's fun thinking through possible inspirations for ideas.
By current standards, this is probably just shy of 4 stars. But for a book written in 1922, it's pretty good. There's a Phantom Tollbooth vibe to it--a boy crosses through to another world he never knew existed, and encounters all kinds of strange residents, and it's written with a great deal of humor. It's short and quick (for 115 pages, there are 24 chapters and several full-page illustrations, and the type is pretty big), which helps the story move along. The lack of resolution at the end is ...more
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