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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
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Sep 22, 2011

it was amazing

I can't believe I waited so long (5 years, in fact) to read such a phenomenal novel. I loved Selznick's Wonderstruck when I read it last year, but this earlier work of his is at least fifteen times more dazzling.

I started Hugo Cabret at 9:28 last night, and after getting tired, I pledged to stop for the night when I finished Part One. The ending to Part One left me hanging so much that despite it being about 9:55, I decided to finish the book. I took me about fifty-two minutes, with the abundant pictures, minimal text, and fascinating story.

Being a film buff, I especially loved the placement of Georges Méliès as a significant character, and the recurring references to his 1902 silent film La Voyage dans la Lune (in English: A Trip to the Moon). Now I'm dying to see how a brilliant man such as Martin Scorsese transformed this into a recent film starring Ben Kingsley from Schindler's List and Gandhi.

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jmjester You will love the movie. Go see it in the theaters if you still can. It is fabulous!

Sean W. I actually just saw the movie yesterday (on DVD). I didn't like it as much as I wanted to, and I thought Sacha Baron Cohen's portrayal of the station inspector was an absolute debacle, but I still thought it was pretty good.

jmjester Actually, I didn't like him either, but the rest of it was so good, I overlooked it.

Sean W. jmjester wrote: "Actually, I didn't like him either, but the rest of it was so good, I overlooked it."

Here is my review of the film if you would like to read it:

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