LostA Compelling Ghost Story From The Internationally Bestselling Author Of WICKED Winifred Rudge, A Writer Struggling To Get Beyond The Runaway Success Of Her Mass Market Astrology Book, Travels To London To Start Her New Novel About The Ghost Of Jack The Ripper Upon Her Arrival, She Finds That Her Step Cousin And Old Friend John Comestor Has Disappeared, And A Ghostly Presence Seems To Have Taken Over His Home Is The Spirit Winnie S Great Great Grandfather, 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 And 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 Past.In The Spirit Of A S Byatt S Possession, With Dark Echoing Overtones Of A Christmas Carol, Lost Presents A Rich Fictional World That Will Enrapture Its Readers. I wrote this review a couple of years ago over at I was a little snarky back then ha , but I still feel the same way I couldn t put this book down Found myself Lost in it There are lots of kinds of people in the world and from the reviews here it appears that they fall into two categories those who would like the wheel to be reinvented consistently every time, and those who enjoy variety and evolution If you wanted this book to be Wicked all over again, you re in luck, books are reusable If you go back to the first page you can read it again I ve read Wicked three times This author is on a journey He has taken a stab at using is own story line in this book rather than relying on someone else s I have to say that Wicked was one of the best books I ve every read, and no, this is not Wicked, but it was a damned good read It was very literally apparent that he took a lot of influence and ideas from A Christmas Carol, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, etc But there are some literary influences at work here that he did not spell out I was reminded of The Yellow Wall Paper , The Jilting of Granny Weatherall , Pedro Paramo and some other experimental styles of writing.If you cannot tolerate constant stream of thought style literature this is not for you If you need the structure of small chapters, punctuation, clear dialog, the distinction between voices, etc this book is not for you Some people like to cozy up and read a good book, o
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 f
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 been turned into flats and sold off to other people Only Winnie s cousin John still owns the top floor flat and she plans to stay with him.This is good so far, I can understand it The first mystery comes right in the beginning of the book when she attends a meeting for parents who want to a
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 renditi
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 with Wicked 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 character There is a lot about this novel that was entertaining I honestly enjoyed it..The question, however, is if it remained as engaging as it was in its first 200 pages or so, and the short answer is that IT DIDN T I think I m going to have to agree on the majority of the review in GR then by saying so, but I would also still like to commend its merits for anyone who is interested in picking this up Lost is a confounding piece of fiction, to start off The narrative itsel
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, but viewed through a unique and interesting lens Maguire presents us with just as complex and ambivalent a heroine here as in Wicked There are two narrative voices that of Winnie, and that of Winnie s character, Wendy, in the novel that Winnie is trying to write As we all know, all characters in all works of fiction are in some way distillations of the author and friends and life Plot points and locations are often taken from real life and
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 place is haunted She is very abrasive, brusque definitely not someone I d want to hang out with.The book she s supposed to be writing isn t going all that well, either And what s the deal with that, anyway The protagonist in her book has traveled to London, and there s some bosh about her and the ghost of Jack the Ripper, and then they re in Romania it s a little hard to follow.Her ancestor was allegedly Charles Dickens model for Ebenezer Scrooge I never did figure out how that was supposed to work into the whol
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 characters and creepy moments Wendy, the main character
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 ploddi
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 a

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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Lost
  • Gregory Maguire
  • English
  • 05 June 2017
  • 9780755341733