The Barnum Museum

by Steven Millhauser | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0671686402 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 3/28/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, March 28, 2017
I found this handsome hardcover at a local thrift shop, and thought it looked intriguing. (It's an anthology that includes the story "Eisenheim the Illusionist," which was adapted for the screen in the 2006 film The Illusionist.

The stories here are rather dream-like, surreal tales, sometimes with amusing notes but often just... very strange! I liked the concept of "A Game of Clue," in which the familiar game-board, pieces, and suspects are described as coming to a semblance of life as the game goes on, only to flatten out again - but the payoff just wasn't there for me. "The Sepia Postcard" has a path-not-taken vibe but, again, didn't involve me as much as I'd have liked. "The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad" blends excerpts from the fabled adventures with a history of Tales of the Arabian Nights, and contrasts Sinbad's voyages with those of readers.

And there's more - but for me the concepts interested me more than the execution.

[There's a TV Tropes page on the film "The Illusionist", with some references to the story and the differences between it and the film.]

Released 2 yrs ago (7/11/2018 UTC) at Daniel Webster Hwy (see text for details) in Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I left this book in the entrance of Not Your Average Joe's restaurant on DW Hwy; hope the finder enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2018 Movie release challenge. ***

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