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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
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Jun 30, 10

bookshelves: fantasy
Read from May 19 to June 30, 2010

Juster's famous novel is described in the introduction as being about the value of education - I certainly agree with that but I think it is also something a little more specific and personal to Juster; how to view the world. For example the chapters on not looking at one's environment and noise pollution are not really about what one learns in school.

I was recommended the book after I mentioned why I liked Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - wit, puns, word-play. There is much of that to be found here but not a hint of the moral ambiguity that appears in the later Snicket books.

A fun book, though largely preaching to the converted in my case.
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