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The journey begins at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. Nearly a century later, runaway Joseph Jervis seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale's strange, b The journey begins at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. Nearly a century later, runaway Joseph Jervis seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale's strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past.


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The journey begins at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. Nearly a century later, runaway Joseph Jervis seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale's strange, b The journey begins at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. Nearly a century later, runaway Joseph Jervis seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale's strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past.

30 review for The Marvels

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    Enchanting illustrations and a striking story. A true masterpiece.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Regan

    very very good

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed Arabey

    ربما المسرحية ليست عن المعجزات. لا،ربما هي عن مرور الزمن وضرورة الصبر والقدرة علي التسامح" "ربما شكسبير اراد ان يقول لنا ان حتي في عالم تحدث به معجزات سيظل هناك ..وجع، وفقدان، وندم وهذه الرواية من فصلين؛ الأول من القرن 18، عن المسرح والبحارة..مسرحيات شكسبير وهمس الجنون..عن توالي الأجيال وملامح البشر المتعادة في المواليد والفصل الثاني بشخصيات اخري معاصرة، فتي يبحث عن مغامرة وكشف غموض عائلته، وخال غريب الأطوار يعيش كأنه بالقرن التاسع عشر "فأحيانا يموت البعض ولا نستطيع إعادتهم للحياة..فهذه هي الحياة، ربما المسرحية ليست عن المعجزات. لا،ربما هي عن مرور الزمن وضرورة الصبر والقدرة علي التسامح" "ربما شكسبير اراد ان يقول لنا ان حتي في عالم تحدث به معجزات سيظل هناك ..وجع، وفقدان، وندم وهذه الرواية من فصلين؛ الأول من القرن 18، عن المسرح والبحارة..مسرحيات شكسبير وهمس الجنون..عن توالي الأجيال وملامح البشر المتعادة في المواليد والفصل الثاني بشخصيات اخري معاصرة، فتي يبحث عن مغامرة وكشف غموض عائلته، وخال غريب الأطوار يعيش كأنه بالقرن التاسع عشر "فأحيانا يموت البعض ولا نستطيع إعادتهم للحياة..فهذه هي الحياة، تفكر جوزيف، المعجزات والحزن جنبا إلى جنب" مسرحية يرسمها بريان سيلزنيك مؤلف "هوجو كابريت" لتعيش من خلال مزيج بين لوحاته الفنية والسرد مرة أخري مشاعر الوفاء والحنين والذكريات، نوستاليجا طيف جميل من زمن أجمل طمسته اضواء ال"ال اي دي" وأصوات الديجيتال من خلال رواية ساحرة كعادته وكتاب أنيق يليق بالزمن الجميل ولكن دعونا نترك القاعة ونتجه للكواليس، فلربما رأيت في جولتي الإرشادية بها ما يدفعك لحجز مقعدك لمشاهدة "مسرحية ؛ آل مارفيل" ..هي ليست مسرحية ولكنها قصص حيوات، وما الحياة إلا مسرح كبير لن اتحدث كثيرا عن القصة فكتب كهذه المتعة هي اكتشافها صفحة بصفحة القصة الفصل الأول1766 من خلال الرسوم تتعرف علي قصة بيللي مارفل ، الناج الوحيد من غرق سفينة كاراكان الأمريكية والذي وصل إلى لندن في عمر الثانية عشر وقت بناء أحد مسارحها الكبري الأولي..ولتتابع من خلال اللوحات فحسب -وبعض قصاصات الجرائد والكروت- كيف بدأت عائلة "مارفيل" بدءا من بيللي الناجي الوحيد أربعة أجيال من نجوم ساطعة في عالم المسرح وخامسهم في أول القرن العشرين، عام 1900 ولمحات من شكل مسارح لندن البديعة بالقرن الثامن عشر، وتأثر واضح بمسرح شكسبير وشخصياته بعكس "هوجو"، الرواية الأشهر للمؤلف، هذا الفصل يعتبر الأطول والأكثر صفحات مرسومة -حوالي 390 صفحة، 195 لوحة فنية - دون ان يتخللها صفحة سردية واحدة لذلك يمكنك أن تخمن ان الحكاية والحبكة بسيطة جدا بالمقارنة بالرواية سابقة الذكر ومع ذلك بالرسوم الساحرة لبراين وذلك الشجن الجميل، الميلودراما والرومانسية ممزوجة بجنون المسرح، واختصار السنين بطريقة سينمائية بديعة بالصور المرسومة بالفحم او القلم الرصاص...ستقضي 133 سنة في ساعتي تأمل في تلك اللوحات البديعة ،بأقل القليل من الكلمات، فلا شك ان هناك عبقرية فنية هنا وستشعر إنك تريد معرفة المزيد عما حدث بعد ذلك لآل مارفيل والذين ستألفهم فقط من خلال الرسوم ولكن تنتهي حكايتنا بعد اللوحة 245...ليبدأ فصل ثاني مختلف تماما الفصل الثاني 1990 جوزيف فتي في الثالثة عشر من عمره، ابيه رجل أعمال يرتحل وأمه من بلد لآخر ومن قارة لأخرى..يودعانه مدرسة داخلية ولكنه يهرب منها للبحث عن خاله في لندن الذي طالما تجنبت أمه الحديث عنه يلتقي فتاة تدله علي بيت خاله، تعطيه فكرة مسبقة عن غرابة أطواره...فهو كأنه يعيش في القرن التاسع عشر، حتي بيته وديكوره. .وعشقه للمسرح الكلاسيكي هو في الثلاثينات من عمره (view spoiler)[لسبب ما لم تشر الرواية لذلك صراحة سوي بعد فترة من الأحداث لكن صدقني هذا افسد لي التخيل تماما، لذلك رأيت ان أخبرك-عاما عندما راجعت وجدتها تصف رجلا ليس كبيرا جدا بالسن علي كل حال (hide spoiler)] يقابل جوزيف خاله ليحاول ان يتعرف اكثر عن اصول عائلته...ولكنه يكتشف ان خاله يريد إخفاء كل شئ يخص عائلته بالأخص لقب عائلة ما وجده جوزيف ببيت خاله...عائلة مارفيل ماذا يعرف خاله عن آل مارفيل، وما يربط بينه وبينهم؟ ولماذا يرفض الفصح عن اي شئ لجوزيف؟ انه كتاب واحد...بالتأكيد هناك رابط بين العائلتين..ولكن ماهو؟ عائلة واحدة؟ صداقة مفقودة؟ أشباح؟ تناسخ؟ تشابه أقدار؟ ربما كل ماسبق، ربما لا شئ مما سبق هناك غموض...صدقني كما حدث معي ستجد نفسك تفكر في كل السيناريوهات السابقة وانت مدرك تماما انها حبكة مفقوسة متوقعة اتهرست في 100 فيلم ولكني لا ينبغي ان اقول لك شيئا سوي انني تفاجئت. .. ادمعت عيني كثيرا-رغما عني- في ربعه الاخير رغم ابتسامة الحنين والجمال والأمل هذا الفصل الثاني والاخير حوالي 220 صفحة سرد روائي فقط دون اي لوحة فنية تتخلل كل تلك الصفحات ...هذا ازعجني لانه أيضا عكس طريقة السرد ب"هوجو" ، ولا انكر ان بنصف هذا الفصل شعرت بشيء من الملل، فبنصف الفصل ستجد نفسك متوقعا كيف ستنتهي ، لتجد نفسك مخطئا جدا طوال ربعه الاخير شعرت بذلك الشعور البشع،مرور الزمن...الوجع، الفقدان ولكن شعرت بان هناك وفاء، اخلاص، امل قد يصنع المعجزات بحق ولكن قبل ان نصل للنهاية وجب الحديث عن الشخصيات ونشوف ملامح البشر..متعادة في المواليد من بيللي مارفل..الناجي من حادث 1766 وكلبه تار..إلي الكسندر مارفيل النجم المسرحي المصاب بهمس الجنون والذي يقوم بدور ملك الجنيات الخرافية اوبرين في مسرحية "حلم ليلة منتصف صيف" إلي اوبرين مارفيل ملك "قصة الشتاء" لشكسبير والتي ستجد حتي ملامح المسرحيات معادة في حكايات أجيال مارفيل... إلي ليو مارفيل الصغير العاشق للرسم وحتي العائلات بالجزء الثاني والذين لا يشاركون دماء مارفيل ستجد كلبا كتار كلب مارفيل تبحث عنه جارة جوزيف..وصداقات مختلفة وعلاقات متشابهة واقدار متشابكةأنت أما تراه وأما لا تراه "Aut Visum Aut Non" "You either see it or you don't." ولكن حرص بريان علي أن تراه شخصيات مرسومة بقوة وان اختلفت علي احد النهايات فأني لا انكر انها مشابهة للماضي ايضا...وبالتأكيد استمتعت جدا بالحكاية والشجن ومتابعة كل تلك التشابهات لتاتي النهاية النهاية يخفت السرد رويدا ليظهر بضع اللوحات الفنية لتلخص لك النهاية كما فعلت اللوحات بالبداية لتختصر بضعة سنين لتنتهي مسرحية اخري ابتدعها براين، متأثرا بجو المسرح الإنجليزي وشكسبير، روايات ديكينز بل وحكاية بيتربان ربما، لندن وزمن الجمال الذي خفت وطمسه اضواء الفائقة السطوع وضوضاء الديجيتال ربما تقسيم الحكاية لجزء سردي منفصل عن الجزء اللوحات، وعدم تداخلهما كما في الرواية السابقة جنبا الي جنب اضعف قليلا من توقعاتي، ولكني عندما انظر له الآن اري انه لا بأس. .. بالعكس هذا ملائم جدا وموظفا بشكل ممتاز كما اثبت الربع الاخير من الرواية في هوجو كان تكريم لاحد رواد فن السينما...شخصية حقيقية وافلام بجد وتكريم حدث بالفعل هل آل مارفيل حقيقيون؟ لما لم نسمع عنهم؟ حسنا هو تكريم من نوع اخر...تكريم لزمن جميل، قراءة اجمل لشكسبير وايضا تكريم لأحد اصحاب البيوت بلندن الذي حافظ علي جمال وعراقة القرن التاسع عشر وحفظه في رواية ثلاثية الابعاد، مجسمة حقيقية ملموسة وجعله برايان رواية تعيشها بريشته وسرده السلس البسيط الممتع ربما تضايقت قليلا من جزء بالنهاية عن المثلية كرره المؤلف وأري انه كان من الأفضل الاكتفاء به مرة واحدة بالأحداث، فشخصية صديق البطل لم يكن لها اي لزوم يذكر إلا ان كان لها ايضا اصول في الحقيقة هل القصة حقيقية. .. ام هي خيال هل كل هذا يحدث في رأسي فحسب كما سأل هاري بوتر دمبلدور يوماً ما؟ حسنا، كما يقول شعار الرواية... انت إما تراه أو لا مسرحية تستحق وقتك...والان الخيار لك، هل ستحجز مقعداً؟ محمد العربي من 14 يوليو 2016 الي 16 يوليو 2016

  4. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    This was great! Pretty atmosphere and symbolic, which made the book so meaningful and beautiful to read. I loved how the illustrations were woven into the story and the intricacies that went along with it, and this was definitely a well-done book that I'd recommend! Selznick is just a genius.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

    I just...I can't even...It's so hard to find the perfect words to describe how I felt about this book. I read both Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret and I loved both of them so much. Ever since those books, I couldn't stop thinking about how powerful they were. Brian Selznick is one of the most unique authors that I have read from. He uses pictures and words in a beautiful way and the stories connect and everything slides into place. All of his books have a powerful meaning to the I just...I can't even...It's so hard to find the perfect words to describe how I felt about this book. I read both Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret and I loved both of them so much. Ever since those books, I couldn't stop thinking about how powerful they were. Brian Selznick is one of the most unique authors that I have read from. He uses pictures and words in a beautiful way and the stories connect and everything slides into place. All of his books have a powerful meaning to them and sometimes, it hurts so much to read this book because of the feels! But it is all worth it because it's hard to find a book like his. I experienced something so magical and beautiful, and when I finished the book, I was in tears. It was too good to be true and I was so shocked that I had finished the book. This book is told both in both pictures and words, where the two stories collide and connect in some sort of way. The pictures are the story of the Marvels family, a family filled with actors and actresses and how their family became that famous. It shows the background of the Marvel family and how everyone is important. The words story is about a boy named Joseph who decides to run away with his friend Blink to his Uncle's house. But when Joseph was going to run away, Blink disappeared and Joseph has to run away all by himself. While I was reading this book, I kept making crazy theories and I was thinking the same things Joseph was thinking. It messed with my brain so much and I loved that, it was so interesting to follow the different stories. All the stories made sense and everything seemed to fit in place in the end. The characters were unique and I loved all of them, Florent, Albert, Joseph, Frankie, I could go on forever. They all were lovable in some sort of way and it felt like I had a connection with all of them. It was either because I felt they were easy to relate to or because they were so unique. So many characters were funny and made up for the depressing moments of the book. Out of all of the books I read by Brian Selznick, I feel like this one was the most saddest one but awesome one at the same time. I can't pick a favorite out of all of his books because they are all beautiful and unique in their own way. I loved how this was kinda based off of a true story and how there was a huge note from Brian Selznick in the end. Me and my friend were reading the first 40 pages together and we both loved it. The book is beautiful inside and out, I love how the edges of the pages are gold, it adds a look to the book. If I even wanted to be noticed by anyone, I could just carry this book around. (This book is so heavy, I felt like it was heavier than 3 of my textbooks combined, BUT THAT'S A GOOD THING!) I highly, highly highly recommend that you read books by Brian Selznick, he is so unique and it is hard to find authors like him. I loved this book and hope to own it soon on my bookshelf, I don't want to return it. :( After reading this book, my hands were itching to reread it and I wanted to grab all of Brian Selznick's other books to read but I don't own them yet. I can't wait until the next book that Mr.Selznick will write, I am so excited! Anyway, I really hope you read this book, you will not regret it and this book will stay in your heart forever.

  6. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    First of all...OUCH. This book was as heavy as trying to hold a small pile of elephants whilst reading a book. It actually physically hUUUUURT my hands. Oh the suffering I go through for books. *flings hand to head dramatically* Anyway. I have mixed feelings about the book itself. While I 100% believe this book is a work of art...I failed to connect to it on ANY level. In fact, the second half of the story basically felt ridiculous and just...what was the point?! You see how awkward this makes t First of all...OUCH. This book was as heavy as trying to hold a small pile of elephants whilst reading a book. It actually physically hUUUUURT my hands. Oh the suffering I go through for books. *flings hand to head dramatically* Anyway. I have mixed feelings about the book itself. While I 100% believe this book is a work of art...I failed to connect to it on ANY level. In fact, the second half of the story basically felt ridiculous and just...what was the point?! You see how awkward this makes things for me?!? But let us talk about it logically and linearly... First thing you hsould know is the first 400-pages are PURELY PICTURES. Oh be still my rapidly gleefully shouting soul. I AM HAPPY ABOUT THIS. I love pictures. I never grew up, I swear I'm Peter Pan. I was really engrossed with the pictures and the story they told too. It started in the 1700s and included a boy and his brother in a shipwreck...and then how the boy ends up in theatre and finds a baby in a basket and his family line just grows up basically attached like a dramatic limpet to this theatre. IT'S COOL. Flipping through all the pictures I felt really inspired and just awed. I wanted it as a movie basically. The art is also really beautiful and though its like scratchy pencil drawings, it was really EMOTIONAL. 'Scuse me but...squee! Then the second half of the book flips to words...boring words. Boo. It makes me sad, yes, yes it does. We go to the 1990s and this kid called Joseph who is 13 and thinks school is boring so -- BOOM -- he takes a train and goes to his reclusive mysterious uncle's house. Yes. Just turns up uninvited. Apparently Joseph is a pyromaniac, which had the potential to be interesting and had all these little "don't burn the house down" quips...and nothing even came of it?!?! WUT. So Joseph's part of the story is just him getting along (or not) with his cranky uncle!! And talking about family history!! He's piecing together a story about the past through little artefacts and treasures in his uncle's old, old house and.... I just didn't care. Maybe I'm a callous pumpkin, but what was the point? There was no great tragedy or mystery to uncover. There was just a curious kid wanting to know all the things. VISUALLY it was a fabulous story. STORYILY (that's a word, don't even doubt it) I was utterly uninterested. ...except for Frankie. She's a weird little fish and totally whimsical and odd and I did adore her. She becomes friends with Joseph for no reason except he lives next door and she's nice and he's like this talkative bubbly kid. I liked their friendship!! Beautiful but not captivating...which saddens me a lot. And did you see that cover?! TALK ABOUT BEAUTIFUL. I wanted a mysterious story not just pages and pages of characters monologuing about history. The names just all smushed together and blahhhh. I wanted an adventure, not monologues. But it's sad in places and the pictures are beautiful, and who doesn't like a book with pictures?!?! Now I shall go rest my aching weary hands. I'M 99% SURE THIS BOOK WEIGHED LIKE 5 KILOS OR SOMETHING. OMG.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    2.5 stars Obviously Selznick does amazing things. His art is fantastic and I love that he basically writes highly sophisticated picture books. I’d love to see more books follow his example actually. That said, I didn’t find the story contained in The Marvels particularly compelling. There’s actually not really a plot here at all. I mean, there’s the pseudo-mystery of Joseph’s uncle’s house, but really not much happens in this book at all. There’s something aged about this book, and I don’t mean th 2.5 stars Obviously Selznick does amazing things. His art is fantastic and I love that he basically writes highly sophisticated picture books. I’d love to see more books follow his example actually. That said, I didn’t find the story contained in The Marvels particularly compelling. There’s actually not really a plot here at all. I mean, there’s the pseudo-mystery of Joseph’s uncle’s house, but really not much happens in this book at all. There’s something aged about this book, and I don’t mean the historical setting. It seems more almost to be about Albert than about his nephew. It didn’t help that the start, the illustrated tale of the Marvels was so much more interesting than the text part. It might have been a more even tale for me had Joseph learned bits of the story as he searched the house, so the illustrations were mixed in. Worth a read because it’s short and Selznick is worth checking out, but not one I’ll be revisiting.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Breathtaking. I've seen some people who don't love this book, and their reasons seem to mostly be because it's different from his others. Instead of the pictures being intermingled with the text, there is one complete story told in pictures for the first 2/3rds of the pages, then a story entirely in text for the rest of the book. But there's a reason why, and the reason is a very startling twist, and I loved it. His prose is very straightforward, simple really, and almost as quick to read as the Breathtaking. I've seen some people who don't love this book, and their reasons seem to mostly be because it's different from his others. Instead of the pictures being intermingled with the text, there is one complete story told in pictures for the first 2/3rds of the pages, then a story entirely in text for the rest of the book. But there's a reason why, and the reason is a very startling twist, and I loved it. His prose is very straightforward, simple really, and almost as quick to read as the pictures, yet when you're done you're left with this amazing mental image of all these people and their lives. It's absolutely gorgeous. I also think I was ready to fall in love with the book, too, because I got it at an event where he first talked and showed pictures for over an hour. He covered his process in creating his books (the pictures, in real life, are TINY and it would be like designing a dollar bill over and over again!), and he also talked about the inspiration for this book, and the real life places that he explored and used for models. I don't want to spoil anything, but it's wonderful, and there's an afterword in the book discussing some of that. I also think it interesting that the format of the book is a form that he's exploring. In HUGO he told one story with pictures and words. In WONDERSTRUCK he wanted to tell two linked stories, one with pictures and one with words, going back and forth, but with this book he purposely decided to tell one entire story with pictures, and one entire story with words, but not mix them together. This worked for me, I think also because the book itself is so beautiful. The colors, the cover, the gilded edges, the beautiful paper quality, all just made my little bookworm heart swoon. I'd pick this as a hot contender for whatever awards they can give it, and I hope it wins. It's my favorite of the three, which he considers an unofficial trilogy (THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, WONDERSTRUCK, THE MARVELS).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Richard Denney

    It was cozy, beautiful, magical, fantastic, heartbreaking, and amazing. I also didn't know that it's LGBT too. How awesome!! I'll talk about it more in my book thoughts video for it coming soon to my channel!

  10. 4 out of 5

    jv poore

    I believe that, right before blowing out every single candle on the cake, a young reader somewhere made a spectacular wish for a book filled with gorgeous illustrations and a fabulous, fanciful story rich with quirky characters, adventure and mystery. Mr. Selznick fulfilled this wish in grand fashion. To open The Marvels is to be immediately immersed in a harrowing adventure at sea. In the blink of an eye….or to be precise, the turn of several pages, invested in the story of a shipwreck with spun I believe that, right before blowing out every single candle on the cake, a young reader somewhere made a spectacular wish for a book filled with gorgeous illustrations and a fabulous, fanciful story rich with quirky characters, adventure and mystery. Mr. Selznick fulfilled this wish in grand fashion. To open The Marvels is to be immediately immersed in a harrowing adventure at sea. In the blink of an eye….or to be precise, the turn of several pages, invested in the story of a shipwreck with spunky survivors. Illustrations that seem to float above the pages “tell” a compelling, heart-tugging tale. Delightful drawings seem to reach out and wrap around the reader, securing you in the story well before Mr. Selznick weaves his word magic. When Mr. Selznick does put his pen to paper to write rather than draw, the result is no less stunning. His young, out-of-place-and-underfoot main character, Joseph, embodies awkward instances we’ve all endured. In his earnest desire to genuinely bond, to actually belong…he easily elicits empathy. When the sweet, stubborn boy tracks down his eclectic, enigmatic uncle in London, Joseph is sure he’s off to a terrible start. Genuine curiosity, compassionate neighbors and most importantly, time, make the reunion more palatable and the untold story of Joseph’s past is slowly revealed. In a sly, subtle shift, Mr. Selznick spins two separate, yet supporting stories in one brilliant book. Both with breathtaking backdrops: The Marvel family in the theatre and Joseph’s in his uncle’s frozen-in-time home. In the end, it seemed that I was moved by two different families. I was close, but not correct. My very favorite parts of the book occurred to me days after I’d finished the story. Mr. Selznick managed to encompass serious social issues such as loss, suddenly and inexplicably; alongside of loss that is excruciating slow, as two men deeply in love are both infected with AIDS. Intrigued and impressed, I finished the book by reading the Afterword, where Mr. Selznick sprung one more surprise. A large part of this fantasy is based loosely on the lives of two very real people. This review was written for Buried Under Books by jv poore.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Oh wow, that was really something. This might just be my new favourite Brian Selznick book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mayra Sigwalt

    Mais um livro lindo do Brian Selznick! Tanto esteticamente quanto a história que está sendo contada. Uma coisa que gosto muito nos livros dele, é o entrelaçar de histórias e como há sempre uma criança tentando se encontrar no meio de tudo isso. Gosto também que em cada livro ele trabalhou uma temática cultural. Em A Invenção de Hugo Cabret foi o cinema, em Sem Fôlego foram os museus, e agora o teatro. A historia dessa família é muito instigante, mas a história dentro da história é a que toca o c Mais um livro lindo do Brian Selznick! Tanto esteticamente quanto a história que está sendo contada. Uma coisa que gosto muito nos livros dele, é o entrelaçar de histórias e como há sempre uma criança tentando se encontrar no meio de tudo isso. Gosto também que em cada livro ele trabalhou uma temática cultural. Em A Invenção de Hugo Cabret foi o cinema, em Sem Fôlego foram os museus, e agora o teatro. A historia dessa família é muito instigante, mas a história dentro da história é a que toca o coração. Achei só que no final as conclusões foram um pouco corridas, mas gostei muito da leitura!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Monica Edinger

    my blog review. Brian Selznick is one of the great artists of our time. In what is now a trilogy (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck, and now The Marvels ) he has created a unique storytelling style, one that blends illustration and text in an engrossingly original way. It is an aesthetic and emotive experience not like that of a graphic novel, but one closer to a cinematic viewing experience or a theatrical one; the three books are rich with scenes of powerful beauty created with paper my blog review. Brian Selznick is one of the great artists of our time. In what is now a trilogy (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck, and now The Marvels ) he has created a unique storytelling style, one that blends illustration and text in an engrossingly original way. It is an aesthetic and emotive experience not like that of a graphic novel, but one closer to a cinematic viewing experience or a theatrical one; the three books are rich with scenes of powerful beauty created with paper, page turns, close-ups, and more. Upon completing The Marvels, I sat still, feeling as I did after a remarkable theatrical experience, say a dramatic opera, a visually stunning film, or a striking play, in awe of what I'd just experienced. Hours later it lingers with me, a gorgeous work of art. The Marvels begins in the 18th century with images, hundreds of pages of them relating a mysterious story of a theatrical family over several generations. Ships and theaters, riggings and scenery, weather and atmosphere, adventure and drama, light and dark, youth and age, convention and strangeness  --- it is all there. Midway the images end and it is 1990 with a story now told exclusively in words. We meet Joseph who has run away from boarding school and is now in London desperately seeking out the one address he knows: 18 Folgate Street where his uncle lives, someone he knows nothing about and has never met. A fortunate encounter with a child his own age finally brings him to his relative who is not at all happy that he has come. There are mysteries galore --- that of Joseph's uncle's remarkable house, of Joseph's friend from school who has disappeared, of his and his uncle's family, and of another one called the Marvels. By the end, the first two parts of the book are made whole in a brief, but powerful and brave conclusion, told again in drawings, set in the present day. The book was inspired by a remarkable man, Dennis Severs, his house in London at 18 Folgate Street, and his friend David Milne. My own familiarity with their story, visit to the house a few years ago, and experiences during the period of the second part of the novel made my reading of The Marvels both aesthetically powerful and personally significant. As Joseph's story and that of his uncle's and his house began to unfold I started to recognize aspects of it and had a premonition as to where the story was going, causing me to remember others, artists I knew and cared for so much and whose lives were all too brief. And so I know that my reading was quite likely different from that of someone without my background, especially child readers. Thank you, Brian, for The Marvels, for creating this work of art that remembers, looks behind and ahead, that celebrates the power of love, of art, of books, and the future with extraordinary art, grace, and elegance.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    Another wonderful, unique book with wonderful storylines and beautiful illustrations. After around half the book being a story of illustrations and no text, we meet Joseph, a run away, equally unhappy at school as at home, he has uninterested parents who are not present in his life and he doesn't fit in at school. Running away he reaches his uncle Andrew, whose artistic, museum like house gives Joseph a safe haven, a place to fit in and a mystery to solve. A book about discovering who you are an Another wonderful, unique book with wonderful storylines and beautiful illustrations. After around half the book being a story of illustrations and no text, we meet Joseph, a run away, equally unhappy at school as at home, he has uninterested parents who are not present in his life and he doesn't fit in at school. Running away he reaches his uncle Andrew, whose artistic, museum like house gives Joseph a safe haven, a place to fit in and a mystery to solve. A book about discovering who you are and coping with the loss of loved ones. I appreciated the acknowledgement that a happy family doesn't always involve the parents you were born to and I enjoyed the end pages of factual information about the story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    This book was magnificent and is solidly tied with Wonderstruck (also by Selznick) for my favourite of his three books. This one is formatted slightly differently from the previous two becuase it's half told in pictures and half told in text, but unlike his previous works the pictures do not dissect the text, rather there is one section of solid imagery and one section of solid text. This is the story of the Marvels, a family of actors with great notoriety and a wonderful past on the stage. This This book was magnificent and is solidly tied with Wonderstruck (also by Selznick) for my favourite of his three books. This one is formatted slightly differently from the previous two becuase it's half told in pictures and half told in text, but unlike his previous works the pictures do not dissect the text, rather there is one section of solid imagery and one section of solid text. This is the story of the Marvels, a family of actors with great notoriety and a wonderful past on the stage. This story is then woven together with Joseph, a young boy who just wants to get away from his boarding school and so he goes to visit his uncle (who he's never before met) in London. As these two stories compare the image-based one took me far less time to get into, but the text story really drew everything together and I do have to admit I did shed some tears because it really was a beautiful and sad tale. Some of the elements Selznick weaves into this story felt more modern with same sex couples and other interesting family dynamics playing a role. I really liked seeing this as I felt it worked incredibly well and felt totally natural within the story. Finally, as always with Selznick, I have to say the artwork is stunning and the pencil images always draw you in and make you anxious to see what will happen next because they are like little stop-frames of what's actually going on. For me, this was excellent, and although the format was a little more of an adjustment for me, it paid off hugely as it hit me hard and was a wonderful tale. 5*s really recommended... My only problem now is that I have run out of Selznick books and I know I will be buying whatever he brings out in the future!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Continuing his unique theme of storytelling, Selznick takes his readers on a dual adventure told in pictures and then words. The first adventure is experienced solely in pictures and begins in 1776 on a ship named the Kraken. After a massive storm, there is only a single survivor: Billy Marvel. The pictures tell of his story, how he came to be connected to the Royal Theatre in London, and how subsequent generations became well-known actors with their own story to tell. The visually impressive il Continuing his unique theme of storytelling, Selznick takes his readers on a dual adventure told in pictures and then words. The first adventure is experienced solely in pictures and begins in 1776 on a ship named the Kraken. After a massive storm, there is only a single survivor: Billy Marvel. The pictures tell of his story, how he came to be connected to the Royal Theatre in London, and how subsequent generations became well-known actors with their own story to tell. The visually impressive illustrated story continues for over 400 pages and ends with an air of mystery. Flashing forward to the 1990s, we’re introduced to Joseph Jervis who has just ran away from boarding school to go in search of his Uncle Albert. Joseph’s parents are the absent sort and he’s hoping to find a family, a place to call home. Finding his Uncle ends up being a letdown seeing as he wants to immediately send Joseph back to where he belongs and doesn’t show any interest in getting to know each other. Joseph takes comfort in his Uncle’s old house that’s filled with history and a certain story that Joseph desperately wants to uncover. While the story of Joseph is an intriguing one, what’s more intriguing is how his story and that of Billy Marvel’s, two seemingly isolated stories, could possibly be connected. The connection slowly begins to piece together, flowering into a beautifully simplistic story about love and family. I really adored this story; it even managed to elicit some teary-eyed feels. I loved the combination of pictures/words and was most impressed that Selznick managed to make his words-only storytelling just as mentally visual as his illustrations-only story. This charmingly simplistic story won me over completely and I definitely intend on picking up all of Selznick’s other works. Many thanks to Wendy for gifting me this lovely story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    Brian Selznick has made a 3rd masterpiece in a row. This book is about good stories, Shakespeare, Ships, and hard life experiences. I like how straight forward the gay uncle is presented. This book is about layers and creating your own life. The art is beautiful in the book and the outside is gorgeous also. I will miss having this story to read. It was incredible. It is so well told - really. If you are going to read any middle grade, try Brian Selznick after Harry Potter. Also, if you like grap Brian Selznick has made a 3rd masterpiece in a row. This book is about good stories, Shakespeare, Ships, and hard life experiences. I like how straight forward the gay uncle is presented. This book is about layers and creating your own life. The art is beautiful in the book and the outside is gorgeous also. I will miss having this story to read. It was incredible. It is so well told - really. If you are going to read any middle grade, try Brian Selznick after Harry Potter. Also, if you like graphic novels, this is a great gateway into part novel part graphic novel of sorts. I was moved by this book. It looks long and it's only about 250 pages of words really. It should be on anyone's reading list.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Edwards

    Don't let the length of time I spent on this book fool you, we were right in the middle of end-of-the-year school madness so I was forced to put it (and everything else) down for a while. This book was incredible. I loved everything about it - hands down my favorite from Selznick yet. I had no idea where this was going, none at all. I thought I had it figured out but I was so very far from close. When I had to put it down halfway through due to work, I thought I knew where it was going so imagin Don't let the length of time I spent on this book fool you, we were right in the middle of end-of-the-year school madness so I was forced to put it (and everything else) down for a while. This book was incredible. I loved everything about it - hands down my favorite from Selznick yet. I had no idea where this was going, none at all. I thought I had it figured out but I was so very far from close. When I had to put it down halfway through due to work, I thought I knew where it was going so imagine my surprise when I picked it up again and went hurdling in an entirely new direction! I stayed up long into the night to finish after that. I want to badly to say more, but I couldn't spoil it for you like that. It is beyond marvelous and I highly recommend it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shoa Khan

    I sometimes feel that Brian Selznick doesn't belong to this era. How he manages to find all these interesting true stories and characters is beyond me. Told in his signature style, the story of the Marvels is seeped in old-world charm. This book features two intertwined stories from two different centuries - one in prose and the other entirely in pictures. As always, the illustrations are intricately beautiful. And the story is about as mysterious as it gets. Although I felt the mystery bit was I sometimes feel that Brian Selznick doesn't belong to this era. How he manages to find all these interesting true stories and characters is beyond me. Told in his signature style, the story of the Marvels is seeped in old-world charm. This book features two intertwined stories from two different centuries - one in prose and the other entirely in pictures. As always, the illustrations are intricately beautiful. And the story is about as mysterious as it gets. Although I felt the mystery bit was a bit drawn out, but then that could be because of the amount of time it took me to read the book! This time around, the awe-inspiring element wasn't that strong either. But the extra star is for the fact that the fascinating, out-of-this-world place mentioned in the book actually exists! It makes me want to visit it some day!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Filipa

    Este é um daqueles livros que não tenho palavras para descrever. Acabei-o durante a semana e aguardei até hoje para tentar escrever algo sobre ele e, mesmo assim, não consigo.... muito bem. Não há nada que eu posso dizer sobre ele, só expressar através das CINCO estrelinhas que lhe atribuí, as minhas primeiras do ano corrente. Acrescento ainda que o próprio livro enquanto objecto é de uma construção brilhante. Com margens douradas e com desenhos a carvão levam a experiência de leitura a um outro n Este é um daqueles livros que não tenho palavras para descrever. Acabei-o durante a semana e aguardei até hoje para tentar escrever algo sobre ele e, mesmo assim, não consigo.... muito bem. Não há nada que eu posso dizer sobre ele, só expressar através das CINCO estrelinhas que lhe atribuí, as minhas primeiras do ano corrente. Acrescento ainda que o próprio livro enquanto objecto é de uma construção brilhante. Com margens douradas e com desenhos a carvão levam a experiência de leitura a um outro nível... levam a Londres em 1766 e a Londres em 1990... São duas histórias num livro. A primeira contada através de desenho, conta a história de um menino que sobrevive a um naufrágio, apenas ele e o seu patudo fiel: Tar. Quando é salvo desse naufrágio, um dia, a passear por Londres encontra um teatro a ser construído de raíz e é aí que vai passar-se o seu futuro. Vai pertencer à família de actores do teatro por muitas e muitas gerações... A segunda parte do livro, é contada através de texto e, aqui, é contada uma história de um rapaz de 13 anos, Joseph, que foge do colégio onde estuda, e foge para Londres, indo ter com o tio que é conhecido na vizinhança como sendo algo... bizarro. Foge do colégio e dos pais pois estes são muito ausentes... Aqui o tio vive numa casa que parece... do século passado... e Joseph encanta-se com os quadros de um barco chamado "Kraken"... e com os nomes e pinturas de pessoas que já viu em qualquer lado... Estas histórias que aparentemente nada têm em comum, interligam-se e formam uma SÓ história que me enterneceu o coração. (You either see it or you don't.) É uma história triste mas... muito... muito bonita. Termino com citações e referências a Shakespeare (que por si só é uma personagem neste livro): "Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild, With a faery, hand in hand, For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand". "Standing on the roof at night, beside the golden ship I look across the city and i dream a wild trip. The waves are high, the wind is strong, the moon is white and full. I smell the salt upon the sea, a strong magnetic pull. I shout into the endless dark, awaiting the reply: "Away! Away" It says:"Away! Now spread your wings and fly."

  21. 5 out of 5

    Suad Shamma

    I was very disappointed by this book. Perhaps I should have read more into it before blindly buying it, but I bought it spontaneously because of the beautiful cover and the mysteriously magical synopsis. Also Brian Selznick is known for his fantastical stories, such as Hugo, and I expected no less from this one. I was all set to read about this family's eccentric life of theatre and peculiar characters and the mysteries behind the house and so on. Instead, all I got was this strangely boring sto I was very disappointed by this book. Perhaps I should have read more into it before blindly buying it, but I bought it spontaneously because of the beautiful cover and the mysteriously magical synopsis. Also Brian Selznick is known for his fantastical stories, such as Hugo, and I expected no less from this one. I was all set to read about this family's eccentric life of theatre and peculiar characters and the mysteries behind the house and so on. Instead, all I got was this strangely boring story of a boy who ran away from school to his uncle's place in London, hoping to find his best friend who had run away before him. He finds all these strange occurrences at his uncle's house and with the help of the neighbor's daughter tries to find out more about his family's history. And when he thinks he has it all figured out, his uncle confesses that it is all a lie and that their history is actually quite ordinary and not very interesting. I was let down, and I felt like I had wasted so much of my time on this book. Not to mention that the entire first half of this really big book is filled with haphazard drawings that really weren't to my taste. Obviously, that is a personal preference. It seems a lot of the other readers found the artwork to be magnificent, but it wasn't for me. It's not my style, and it was difficult to keep up with what was going on just by the illustrations. I found myself quickly skipping through the drawings to get to the actual story and try to understand what was happening and what I had missed. The thing is, that in itself seemed like a waste of time and paper as well, because Selznick repeats everything he had conveyed in his drawings in the written part of the book, having us go through it twice. Only to find out it was all made up of course. A story within a story so to speak. And not the most exciting one. In addition to that, I did not like the characters, and so I was not invested in what happened to them. In fact, my least favorite character was the girl - dressed as a boy - who was extremely irritating to me. I think the fact that I can't actually remember any of the characters' names speaks volumes of how I feel about the book. So I'll just leave it at that.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rita Araújo

    Em estado de ENCANTAMENTO total <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  23. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I wasn't sure about reading this book since I am one of the few people who wasn't bowled over by another of the author's books, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I enjoyed the illustrations in that book, but I thought the characters and the story lacked depth. Not so in the case of this book which had not one but two stories to tell, each of them amazing in their own right, and doubly so as they intertwined. Unfortunately, I can't tell you much about them without spoiling things. But what I will say I wasn't sure about reading this book since I am one of the few people who wasn't bowled over by another of the author's books, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I enjoyed the illustrations in that book, but I thought the characters and the story lacked depth. Not so in the case of this book which had not one but two stories to tell, each of them amazing in their own right, and doubly so as they intertwined. Unfortunately, I can't tell you much about them without spoiling things. But what I will say is this: this book is unique in its design with the first 387 pages containing a story told strictly through illustrations. These aren't colorful illustrations. Rather, they were created by the author using pencil and charcoal to form highly expressive scenes brimming with emotions conveyed through shadow and light. This first story begins in 1766, when young Billy Marvel becomes the only survivor of a shipwreck, and without family and money, and against all odds, goes on to found five generations of actors at a famous London theater. This generational story was fascinating, made even more so by the fact that pictures alone conveyed it, in all its intricacies. And when it finally came to an end, I quickly flipped to the page where the next story began, one told only in words. This second story begins in 1990, ninety years after the end of the previous story. This story focuses on another young boy named Joseph Jervis who, neglected by his rich parents and misunderstood, runs away from his boarding school to find an uncle in London he's never met and knows little about. What he finds along with his uncle is his uncle's strange and mysterious house that proves a puzzle to Joseph as much as his uncle and his own family history. Joseph sets off with the help of a friend to solve a mystery that leads to others he must solve if he is ever to learn the truth about his family and himself. By the end of this book, these two seemingly separate stories collided in a most unusual and creative way to form yet a third story that was rich and deep, and filled with characters that were three dimensional, imperfect and highly sympathetic to the reader as their stories unfolded, layer upon layer. And as if this weren't enough, yet another story is revealed in the afterword when the author and illustrator, Mr. Selznick, tells of his inspiration for this book. Don't miss reading this section which is incredible. This book is both satisfying and suitable for adults and children ten years of age and older. As a note, there are some mature elements in the second story concerning Joseph's uncle which are dealt with sensitively and are a credit to the author who bravely included them in a children's book. This is a wonderful and imaginative book for people who enjoy mysteries. It's also beautiful in its design with a striking cover and gold edged pages that form a reflective surface along three sides of the book. Don't be put off by its hefty size of 665 pages since more than half are filled with illustrations, the rest with an intriguing and emotionally satisfying story I'm glad I read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Drew

    “That’s what life is, Joseph realized, miracles and sadness, side by side.” I fell in love with Brian Selznick's artwork in The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which I think is the reason I keep coming back to read his new books. I love the way his sketchbook-style, beautiful charcoal drawings resemble movie scenes, with the pages zooming in on characters' expressions. There are pages and pages of these wonderful drawings. The thing is, although I've always found Selznick's artwork stunning, his stor “That’s what life is, Joseph realized, miracles and sadness, side by side.” I fell in love with Brian Selznick's artwork in The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which I think is the reason I keep coming back to read his new books. I love the way his sketchbook-style, beautiful charcoal drawings resemble movie scenes, with the pages zooming in on characters' expressions. There are pages and pages of these wonderful drawings. The thing is, although I've always found Selznick's artwork stunning, his stories seem much weaker in comparison. Plot wise, The Invention of Hugo Cabret was my favorite because I enjoyed the mysterious story of a boy living in a clock tower in a train station, stealing food to survive. Selznick's later works, Wonderstruck and now The Marvels, both have very simplistic story lines that I never found too intriguing. They usually have some nice themes about family or friendship, but the characters just aren't complex enough, the plots not quite as exciting as I'd like them to be. In The Marvels, the story follows a line of theater actors (in pictures) and years later, Joseph, who runs away to his uncle's strange house in London (in words). The way The Marvels ended was a bit strange for me, or else I probably would have rated it four stars because I really loved the four hundred pages of gorgeous artwork. I'm sure I'll fall prey to whatever Selznick publishes next just to get another taste of his mesmerizing drawings.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Roberta Frontini (Blogue FLAMES)

    Posso dizer que este livro é MARAVILHOSO e que foi dos melhores livros da VIDA? POSSO??? POSSO??? <3

  26. 4 out of 5

    Simona Stoica

    Recenzia completă: http://bit.ly/2oKJaIJ „- Chiar şi un ceas defect arată ora corectă de două ori pe zi.” În spatele cortinei, costumele îi așteaptă pe artiști. Replicile sunt rostite în şoaptă, cuvintele sunt absorbite de hârtie și de suflet. Cerneala se usucă pe anunțurile de la casa de bilete. Titluri imense sunt imprimate pe afișe, cronici și critici, promisiunile unei noi capodopere. Actorii se ascund în cabinele de probă sau îşi întâlnesc fanii în culise, entuziasmaţi şi înfricoşaţi în ega Recenzia completă: http://bit.ly/2oKJaIJ „- Chiar şi un ceas defect arată ora corectă de două ori pe zi.” În spatele cortinei, costumele îi așteaptă pe artiști. Replicile sunt rostite în şoaptă, cuvintele sunt absorbite de hârtie și de suflet. Cerneala se usucă pe anunțurile de la casa de bilete. Titluri imense sunt imprimate pe afișe, cronici și critici, promisiunile unei noi capodopere. Actorii se ascund în cabinele de probă sau îşi întâlnesc fanii în culise, entuziasmaţi şi înfricoşaţi în egală măsură. Scena le pregătește capcane, însă ei nu se tem. Minunata familie Marvel niciodată nu se teme. Nu am citit cel mai cunoscut roman al lui Brian Selznick, Invenția lui Hugo Cabret, prilej cu care mi-am atras câteva semne de întrebare din partea mai multor bloggeri de carte. În 2007, eu devoram serii cu vampiri, vârcolaci şi îngeri, şi mă feream de romanele destinate copiilor, singura mea slăbiciune fiind Cronicile din Wardstone, una dintre seriile mele de suflet. Trebuie să îţi mărturisesc că am citit-o şi la „maturitate” şi mi-a plăcut mai mult. Atmosfera întunecată şi înfricoşătoare, înfruntările dintre Bine şi Rău, lecţiile despre vrăjitoare, Grimalkin şi magia… rece, periculoasă şi nelimitată. În Minunata familie Marvel, magia este diferită. Nu se rezumă la vrăji, ritualuri şi incantaţii, la un grimoar blestemat, ce ajunge (aproape întotdeauna) în mâinile greşite. Magia lui Selznick îmbină cuvintele şi imaginile într-o poveste fermecătoare şi nostalgică, un dar nesperat pentru cititorii de toate vârstele, atât de ocupaţi cu dezlegarea enigmelor şi căutarea indiciilor, încât vor ignora răspunsul, dureros de realist. Cheia misterului este un puzzle, însă piesele lipsă au fost răspândite de Brian Selznick pe durata a trei secole. Unele nu se potrivesc şi te îndrumă greşit, prelungindu-ţi călătoria. Altele sunt înşelătoare şi refuză să îţi spună secretul lor, de ce au fost alese şi modelate sub forma unor întrebări, şi nu a unor răspunsuri. Eu am citit greşit indiciile şi, deşi am acceptat cu mare entuziasm provocarea autorului, la finalul romanului m-am simţit sedusă şi abandonată, uimită de ingeniozitatea lui Selznick. Mi-a oferit mult prea repede adevărul, iar eu nu am observat că e înconjurat de minciuni şi de iluzii.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Abby Johnson

    Trust in Selznick. I struggled with the story a little bit in the middle of the text part. I felt lost and confused.... but hold on because Selznick brings it around in the end and what he has created here is pretty amazing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    Selznick has done it again!!! Creating stories within stories and doing it in such a genius and beautiful way. He is a master and this is another of his masterpieces! One of, if not the best book I've read this year! ❤❤❤ Selznick has done it again!!! Creating stories within stories and doing it in such a genius and beautiful way. He is a master and this is another of his masterpieces! One of, if not the best book I've read this year! ❤️❤️❤️

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    Wow. This was absolutely beautiful. The drawings and the story were amazing and very engaging. And the fact that it was so meta just topped it off for me. Holiday BookTubeAThon Read #3

  30. 4 out of 5

    Trudie

    Well this was a strange one. The best I can say is the artwork was lovely. The first 400 pages of pencil sketches outline an interesting story of the Marvel family and spans a period of time from the 1760s until 1900. I liked where this story was going, it seemed to promise adventure, theatrical shenanigans and a kind of earnest delight in all things English. Selznick sketches facial features extremely well, particular adorable babies. The remainder of the book unfortunately reverts to what I fou Well this was a strange one. The best I can say is the artwork was lovely. The first 400 pages of pencil sketches outline an interesting story of the Marvel family and spans a period of time from the 1760s until 1900. I liked where this story was going, it seemed to promise adventure, theatrical shenanigans and a kind of earnest delight in all things English. Selznick sketches facial features extremely well, particular adorable babies. The remainder of the book unfortunately reverts to what I found to be dull and pedestrian prose. The setting is now 1990s Spitalfields, although weirdly it is impossible to reconcile this as everyone still behaves like characters in a Dickens novel. Possibly the most incongruous part being a horse drawn carriage taken to the theatre in 1990s London ? Does that still happen ? Where do you even park it ? Anyway .... I didn't gel with this part at all, it just seemed to go nowhere and take so long to do it. Disappointing after such a promising start. Also what ever happened to Blink ? The afterward in the book details the real people and places that were used as inspiration for this story, which does help make clear what Brian Selznick was aiming for with The Marvels . Its a shame the writing just didn't hold up to the task. ( Also, contrary to some frankly puzzling one star reviews of this, I thought the very subtle LGBT themes in this were quite charmingly done and targeted appropriately to the intended age group. )

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