I couldn't put this book down. Found myself . . . "Lost" in it! There are lots of kinds of people in the world and from the reviews here it appears that they fall into two categories: those who would like the wheel to be reinvented consistently every time, and those who enjoy variety and evolution. If you wanted this book to be Wicked all over again, you're in luck,...more
There is a thoroughly unlikeable (to me anyway) "heroine" named Winifred Rudge. She writes children's books but would like to write one for adults with a heroine na...more
Much of the book is spent wondering what really has occurred, as the line between reality and illusion are blurred. The ending, though, is satisfying. Worth the read.
The jacket left me feeling woozy with the thought that I could again feel the thrill of gaining new insight into a previously underappretiated character: Scrooge. Dickens being like complicated, intricate candy...more
If I lay aside my expectations, I still am not impressed. Within the story is another story - the main character is a writer therefore she goes into "episodes" where she is not paying attention...more
I was frustrated with how he kept slapping the reader in the face with this mysterious story/character background, but not giving much of anything to go on. The ghost aspect of it all just got ridiculous too, I really couldn't suspend me belief long enough to really get...more
This was, unlike Maguire's other novels, not really a retelling of anything. It had elements of A Christmas Carol and liberal references to Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and (interestingly) Jack the Ripper.
The story itself was really sort of a grown-up coming of age story -- only throw in ghostly possession, a bizarre intra-familial love triangle, and a secondary Roman...more
I found the protagonist to be very unlikeable. In fact, there was only one character in the book that I truly and unreservedly liked, and he only came in sort of near the end. Yes, there were reason that the protagonist had the personality she did, and those reasons came out very near the end.
I just don't even know what to say about it. It's sort of about a write...more
The historical stuff barely panned out, and when I realized halfway through the book that one of three plots was a lie, and that the characters involved were stupider than I thought, I lost 95% of my interest. I did push through and discover why the characters would lie to each other like that, but at that point I really didn't care.
When the plot fi...more
Winifred Rudge, a bemused writer struggling to get beyond the runaway success of her mass-market astrology book, travels to London to jump-start her new novel about a woman who is being haunted by the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Upon her arrival, she finds that her stepcousin and old friend John Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have taken over his home. Is the spirit Winnie's great-great-grandfather, who, family legend claims, was Charles Dickens's childhood inspiration fo...more
I struggled with this book. I accidentally left it at my mum's (twice) which, in view of the title, is quite amusing, but meant the book took me ages to read. I couldn't get a grip on the story and kept having to start again.
There was a story in there but it was quite elusive and somehow, I thought that Gregory Maguire kept losing the plot and losing his reader (me). Unlike Fall on Your Knees, in which the revelation of secrets was satisfying in terms of what went before...more
I think one of the benefits of Wicked that made o...more
Having just finished Wicked, Lost was recommended to me by my sister. She said, "It's about awesomeness and what awesomeness is made of." (she's a hardcore Maguire fan.)
For most of the book, I read along, eating was was fed to me and wondering what was the point of all the Wendy Pritzke excerpts. I don't have a problem with unlikeable characters, but I don't care for books without chapter breaks; still I persevered, maybe because I was still interested in...more
I understand Maguire's rise to fame having read Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. I loved both and was excited to read Lost, even if it seemed like it wouldn't be sticking to our original assumptions of Maguire's twisting of stories we grew up with. Well, I was sorely disappointed throughout. I love the stories of the past, but often hated the writing. I could never really get in touch with the characters presented to me. Lost does that and so much worse.
The book itself...more
I have this book as a printed edition; it's even signed by the author. It's a lovely, amazing story, and like so many of Maguire's novels, not anything I would have expected.
Lost is the story of Winnifred Rudge, a children's novelist working a novel for adult readers. Something is clearly wrong with her; the novel opens with her attending an information meeting about international adoption--and she gets kicked out when the staff recognize her name and...more
Ok, now on to my thoughts on the story. I loved the idea of the supernatural and Jack the Ripper. The story moved so quickly that I almost lost track a couple of times as to what was going on which is why I am pulling a star here. I had to rewind a couple of t...more
This particular novel was at times dull, hard to follow, and seemingly pointless, with a character who seems to lie almost compulsively, and, who really, is quite unlikeable. This we could have overlooked if the story itself had some merit, but it doesn't. What's meant to be a complicated relationship betwe...more
Winnie is a tough protagonist to like... and maybe it's not the reader's task to like her. I stayed by Winnie's side, rather reluctantly, throughout the story trying to figure out what was happening. Even after finishing the book, I am still no...more
The book itself is beautiful. Gregory Maguire is a fortunate author to get so many of his books illustrated.
The blurb at the back definitely makes it sound really interesting, but once you begin reading it, it's not really about the ghost as it claimed, it's about Winnie, who isn't very fun to read about.
Quite simply, it was borin...more