[Gregory Maguire] å Lost [amish-fiction PDF] Read Online å Definitely not one of Maguire s best I had high expectations after reading his other books, and was absolutely let down First of all, the story has too much of everything a tormented writer, romance gone wrong, paranoia, ghosts, Jack the Ripper, 14th century history, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Scrooge, so on and so on The story wanders all over the place and doesn t quite deliver much of anything after all the wandering Second of all, I wanted to punch out the protagonist She is a simpering AND caustic, whiny little ninny She apparently tried to adopt a child and the child died before she could get there And that is the big tragedy that torments and nearly destroys her I have two children, and yes, it is a horrible tragedy when any child dies, but I don t get the connection here The death of the child doesn t seem to me an appropriate reas A lot of people seem to have read Wicked, tried Lost and been terribly disappointed I found the book actually MORE satisfying than Wicked I hope that you will give me a chance to sell you on Lost because I think that you will enjoy it if you give it an honest chance I read the book in the space of a two day business trip, and purposely begged off of social stuff and went to the airport four hours early so I could sit uninterrupted and read it I think one of the benefits of Wicked that made others prefer it, is that it takes place in a world we are all familiar with We have a world already in our heads, a world that Maguire then manipulates and redraws in novel and jarring ways In Lost, however, we are presented something much rewarding, at least for me a ghost story of sorts in the present day It is the real world, At The Flat In Weatherall Walk There Was No Milk In The Fridge, No Ice In The Tiny Freezer Unit The Better Furniture Was Hung Over With Drop Cloths, The Leather Bound books Evacuated From Their Shelves Unconnected Wiring Threaded From Walls, And A Smell Of Lazy Drains, Something Rotting, Unfurled From The Sewer All The Way Up To This Flat Winnie Wrenched Open A Window But No Sign Of John 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 Apartment In The Nineteenth Century Rowhouse Once Owned By Winnie S Great Great Grandfather Is It The Spirit Of This Ancestor, Who, Family Legend Claims, Was Charles Dickens S Childhood Inspiration For Ebenezer Scrooge Could It Be The Ghostly Remains Of Jack The Ripper Or A Phantasm Derived From A Arcane And Insidious Origin Winnie Begins To Investigate, But John S Erstwhile Girlfriend, Allegra, Is Aggressively Unhelpful, And His Downstairs Neighbor, The Cat Obsessed Mrs Maddingly, Is Growing Stranger By The Day Gripped By Inspiration And Desperation Alike, Winnie Finds Herself The Unwilling Audience For A Drama Of Specters And Shades, Some From Her Family S Peculiar History And Some From Her Own Unvanquished PastIn The Spirit Of A S Byatt S Possession, With Dark Overtones Echoing From A Christmas Carol, Lost Presents A Rich Fictional World That Will Enrapture Gregory Maguire S Eager Audience Lost differs from its Wicked Stepsister cousins in that it does not as closely follow a traditional fairytale turned on its head Echoing back to Christmas Carol and Alice in Wonderland, it is not a straight rendition of either, but its own tale.
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.
This is another of those books that I find very difficult to describe I didn t hate it, but I m not so sure that I liked it, either 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 writer who s traveled back to visit her cousin in England, planning to stay with him in his flat on the top level of the family house When she arrives, he s mysteriously vanished, and all her attempts to find out from his office, his friends, and his girlfriend are met with stone walls There are two workmen there who seem to believe the p Let me start this review by saying that I ve read and reviewed Gregory Maguire s most famous and critically acclaimed work entitled Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which was turned into a Broadway musical hit and I didn t end up being as impressed about it as I hoped I would be With that said, I already have extremely low expectations going into this book It s also noteworthy to point out that I ve read some reviews about it in Goodreads, and they seemed to generally criticize the convoluted plot and subplots, as well as the lack of any clear pay off in the end Author Maguire himself has been known to write novels about well known fictional characters created by other, much like withWicked whose central figure if the supposed villain of the original Wizard of Oz books Lost is the very first time, I believe, that he wrote about an original charact Lost seems to be the runt in Maguire s litter of post modern fantasy novels and it seems to be in part because it couldn t live up to the fanfare of WICKED and CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER, its immediate and deservedly lauded predecessors Here, for the first time, Maguire tries to create a wholly original novel as opposed to one centered around re interpreting a classic tale by another author Though Dickens and Jack the Ripper echo in the text, along with some sly references to Stephen Sondhiem, the book is mostly about an aging single woman who desperately wants a child coming to terms with the fact that the man she loves doesn t love her back and that mother hood may be something she will only ever experience vicariously When her tortured soul connects with a medieval ghost the book takes interesting twists and turns, presenting us with some wonderful characte This is the second book I ve read by Gregory Maguire and I must say question mark because I just don t understand the point His book Wicked must have been extraordinarily different, i.
e good The one supposedly about Snow White and this one supposedly having something to do with Scrooge left me feeling cold I never finished the one about Snow White and I leave this one regretting I did I had to force my way through the bad turn of phrase and plodding plot only to find he would not even impart a satisfactory ending It may as well have ended mid phrase Stay far, far away from this if you love good literature
I hated this book I ve all his other books and enjoyed them They weren t amazing books I couldn t put down until they were done, but they were good This one however was terrible It makes you think it s going to be about the Scrooge and Jack the Ripper and then has nothing about it Boring, long, goes all over the place with no reason as to why or outcome The end sucks and makes no sense It s terrible, I m glad I got it used so it was only 5 bucks but I could have gotten a Subway foot long instead lol It s a frustrating book that goes way out there and never comes backwaste.
I truly felt Lost while reading Lost by Gregory Maguire This is the second book I ve read by this author so I can say that I really don t care for his style of writing Unfortunately, I have all his other books to read Critics call his prose rich and maybe it is that but I find it confusing to point of sheer frustration sometimes.
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 named Wendy Pritzke She s become blocked and unable to write She thinks if she goes to the old family homestead in Hampstead, Great Britain she ll be able to get a jump start The family originally owned the whole house but it s since