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Book 14

  1. Grossmith, George & Weedon — The Diary of a Nobody (166 pages)
  2. McCarthy, Cormac — Blood Meridian (334 pages)
  3. Moore, Alan & Dave Gibbons — Watchmen (399 pages)
  4. Moore, Christopher — Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (507 pages)
  5. Murger, Henri — The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter (381 pages)
  6. Walk with Me: A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2009 (98 pages)
  7. Douglas, Lloyd C. — The Robe (438 pages)
  8. Robinson, Marilynne — Gilead (281 pages)
  9. Jerome, Jerome K. — Three Men in a Boat (182 pages)
  10. Satrapi, Marjane — Persepolis (343 pages)
  11. Dodge, Jim — Fup (121 pages)
  12. Bauby, Jean-Dominique — The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly (114 pages)
  13. Fleming, Ian — Casino Royale (219 pages)
  14. Blake, Quentin — Clown (30 pages)

Page count: 3613.

I ordered Quentin Blake's Clown using the giftcard I received for my birthday and had to wait three months for it to arrive. It was worth the wait.

This slim volume is worth ten times its weight in gold. Quentin Blake conveys so much through his illustrations that, really, words would have been superfluous. It's a wonderful story, and the little clown is so expressive. His sad face as he tries to tell others about his friends just breaks your heart. Yet he soldiers on, adversity after adversity. And at the end, a very happy ending, of course, I was all choked up and teary eyed and beaming.

Do yourself a favor: Find yourself a copy of Clown. And whenever you need a smile or a little pick-me-up, spend some time with this little clown. You'll be glad you did.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 24th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
It's out of print. Amazon rates it at a 4 year-old to 8 year-old level.
May. 24th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
Re: Clown
Is it out of print in the US? That's too bad. Maybe the reason it's not out of print in the UK is because Blake is British. I'm not sure why Borders took three months to deliver it, when Amazon UK can have it delivered in 24 hours.

I'm not sure what relevance Amazon's suggested reading age has. The fact that this is a children's book does not diminish its genius one stroke, does not make it any less moving. Should we restrict ourselves to material unsuitable to younger readers? We would be much poorer for it.
May. 24th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Clown
Relevance? None, perhaps. I consider it worth remarking because appeal to a very young audience, as well as to an older audience, is a mark of genius or, at least, much better than average skill.

An example, if I may: Harry Potter was written for a young audience. The concepts and language used were meant to be, if not easy, not overly difficult for youngsters. It is well known that death is a topic difficult for some young people to handle. The author agonized in print about the possible reaction among youths of the story mentioning deaths of well-known, perhaps even beloved, characters. The story required deaths and the author knowingly walked a fine line in including them.

Some people would, as you suggest, restrict their reading to adult fare. I, on the other hand, believe that a book rated as suitable for children means it may have additional merit for everybody.
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