The Night Bookmobile

by Audrey Niffenegger | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 0810996170 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 9/16/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, September 16, 2012
I found this good-condition hardcover at the Used Book Superstore on a sale day; win! It turns out to be a rather philosophical (and sometimes melancholy) look at life, choices, and regrets, themed around a mysterious Night Bookmobile, which seems to be larger on the inside than the outside. The illustrations of the bookshelves show a charming if unexpected assortment of titles (it's fun peering at the pictures to try and spot favorite books) - but the narrator soon realizes that these are all books she's read. Not just the same titles, but the actual books, from telephone directories to her own diary...

"Have you ever found your heart's desire and then lost it? I had seen myself, a portrait of myself as a reader... It was as though I had dreamt the perfect lover, who vanished as I woke, leaving me pining and surly."

She finds the bookmobile again a few times, re-discovering favorite works - and sometimes finding books that are blank after a few pages, since she never finished them. But she wants more time with the books than the bookmobile appearances allow; she wants to work there, but the proprietor won't permit it. How this all winds up is bittersweet, yet very tempting for those of us whose favorite memories usually involve books...

One thing it is NOT is a children's book, despite its appearance. The author's comments at the end describe her inspiration for the story, and include: "What would you sacrifice to sit in that comfy chair with perfect light for an afternoon in eternity, reading the perfect book, forever?"

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (3/27/2013 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I'm putting this book in the Books about books bookbox, which will be on its way to its next stop today. Hope someone enjoys it!

Journal Entry 3 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Thursday, October 17, 2013
I can't believe the book is still in the box. I know Gory put it in a few months back, and I've wanted to read it, because 1. the author (I love The Time Traveller's Wife) and 2. it's a graphic novel 3. the title sounds interesting!
I didn't expect the book will last till it reaches me, but thanks, little book, for your patience!!

Journal Entry 4 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Monday, June 23, 2014
The story is somewhat disturbing for me... for the way how the character ends up working in the library.

It also makes me wonder what my reaction will be to find my own bookmobile. While it may be fun to actually see all the books I've ever read lined up together, and I may enjoy going through some books, especially those from childhood, I'd rather be in a library of books I've never read!

Also, were I to be a librarian, I think it's kind of cool to be on a motorbike, knock on the top case and say to my patron, yo, all the books you read, are here. Cooler than driving around an 18 wheeler of a certain BCer...

Sending to HI77 as it's on her wishlist and as an apology for the delay in sending her the trade books.

Journal Entry 5 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Monday, July 28, 2014
The wheels are turning

inside and out,
but you don't have to wake up.

Journal Entry 6 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Monday, December 14, 2015
The premise of this is interesting.

I would be curious to see if I remember all the books I've read. With my poor memory, I'd guess not. lol

But in regards to the quality of the story telling itself? ... meh. Not all that great. No real sense of motion or the passage of time. When she feels sad, it's like looking a brick wall, you don't relate of feel involved. Very one dimensional. No development, just lops of time.

Reminds me of a childs book. But this is not geared towards a child, clearly, so this doesn't pass muster.

I'd been wanting to read this for awhile. I'm disappointed in it.

Journal Entry 7 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Thursday, January 28, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (1/26/2016 UTC) at Fort Myers, Florida USA

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This book has someone else that was anxious to read it. So off it goes! ;)

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Journal Entry 8 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Marysville, Washington USA on Saturday, February 06, 2016
The title of the book sounded interesting but the story was just ok.

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