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The Book of Pearl

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The Book of Pearl

With the continual discovery of strange objects, Joshua Pearl --- who is not exactly Joshua Pearl --- is able to hang on to memories that have begun to fade away. Memories of a distant world: a world that does not exist in ours. Within this lost world is Joshua’s lost love. Through the companionship of a lost boy, Joshua relives his magically riddled past and holds on to the memory of his love.

"Magical scenes are scattered throughout this novel that would be awe-inspiring if they were told out loud in front of a fire....The plot of the book is intriguing and captivating."

THE BOOK OF PEARL contains three storylines intricately woven together. And when I say intricately, I mean INTRICATELY. The amount of miniscule details that were found all throughout the novel is extremely impressive. With this being said, there were many times were I felt like there holes in the plot and was very hard to follow. I did not really connect with this book. Which is a big problem when trying to comprehend it.

This may be due to the fact that this book is a translation. In addition to the complicated plot, there were many different names to keep track of and many different storylines that intersected at times. I feel like this book would be such a good story to read out loud with exaggeration. Magical scenes are scattered throughout this novel that would be awe-inspiring if they were told out loud in front of a fire. Timothée de Fombelle, the author, is a French playwright and prize-winning author who weaves words within words. After completing this book I felt the need to reread it for further understanding, which I guess is a good thing. The plot of the book is intriguing and captivating.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy. It is not all about fairies of dystopian worlds, but the plot requires some love for the magical realm. It was extremely interesting how the author combined history and fantasy. While this book was not necessarily my favorite, the amount of detail that the author put into the book is impressive. Every sentence demands attentive reading. Therefore, the book was not the easiest to read. It took me quite a deal of time to get through the whole book. But at the end, I do really recommend this book to anyone who wants a challenge and enjoys twisted plots.

Reviewed by McKenzie S., Teen Board Member on February 27, 2018

The Book of Pearl
by Timothee de Fombelle