The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger [Review]


This one is very short, so to talk too much about the plot would give everything away so I’m just going to stick with the Neil Gaiman blurb that appears on the back page:

“The Night Bookmobile is a love letter, both elegiac and heartbreaking, to the things we have read, and to the readers that we are. It says that what we read makes us who we are. It’s a graphic short story, beautifully drawn and perfectly told, a cautionary fantasia for anyone who has ever loved books, and I hope the story of the library, of Alexandra, finds its place on the night bookmobiles of all of who’d care. It’s a treasure.”

It may be short (and in truth possible too short for the full price tag) but it is (almost) perfectly formed! It’s a melancholy little tale with wonderfully creepy undertones. I bought the book on Saturday, and I’m writing this review on Sunday, and I’ve already read the book though twice.

My only complaint returns back to the brevity of the book, a little of the effect is lost, simply because we don’t get enough time to connect properly with Alexandra. But then it is a story you can easily remember and look back on every time you pursue your own bookshelves. 🙂

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  • November 13 at 11:41 pm
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    Glad you liked it, Darren! I’m totally with you that I wish it would’ve been longer…I certainly would’ve liked to get to know her a bit more than we did!
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    • November 17 at 8:19 pm
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      The length does work for the story, and I don’t always think it’s necessary to expand on things to make it work, it’s just that while I ‘got’ the story, I could have ‘got’ it even more with a few more pages telling us about her…

    • November 17 at 8:21 pm
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      I’d certainly check it out, if your on the fence, unless you can pick-up a copy on sale somewhere, it’s so short you might feel a little cheated if you pay the cover price. I got it for a little over half price, which I was more than happy with.

    • November 15 at 9:14 pm
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      Thanks, hope you love it when you get to read it!

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