The Secret of Lost Things is at once a literary adventure and an evocative portrait of life in a bookstore that is very reminiscent of the world-famous Strand.
©2006 by Sheridan Hay; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"A triangle of unrequited love and a tussle over an apocryphal Melville manuscript enliven Hay's bildungsroman." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Hay does a good job with innocent, intelligent Rosemary's attempts to deal with sinister doings and...captures Rosemary's nostalgic memories of Tasmania." (Publishers Weekly)
What a find this book was for me! It reminded me of just how a book should be, something that weaves through your days and leaves you with characters that you'll think upon all the days of your life. A little bit like Barbara Pym (eccentric and dedicated characters), Charles Dickens (rich storytelling and memorable characters), Paul Auster (love of Hawthorne and his era, though Melville's the man in this book), A.S. Byatt (lost manuscript search that never ceases to delight), Sheridan Hay touches the reader on many levels: intellectual, emotional, spiritual, along with enjoyment of her storytelling, the employment of her craft, and her narrator's knowledge of books, modes of employment, and understanding of the human heart.
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Excellent writing and great characters. The story is simple but is a fine backdrop for the characters. The narrator could not quite handle some of the character accents, but was otherwise good. Few books are written as well as this one.
I was instantly caught up in this book. The story was compelling and smooth flowing, the characters were rich and real. I was anxious to get into my car to listen and reluctant to get out when I reached my destination.
But then the end was about to come. Sheridan Hay did not quite create a climax for the end, and the last epilogue type chapter was not fulfilling as well. What a dissappointment for a great beginning.
The narration was mostly wonderful. There were a few times I got confused as to who was talking but for the most part there were great accents, differentiation between male and female and the variety of strange people overall.
I would still reccomend this book. It really is enjoyable overall.
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