Muse's Books (muse_books) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Muse's Books
muse_books
50bookchallenge

Book 26: The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger.

Book 26: The Night Bookmobile.
Author: Audrey Niffenegger, 2010.
Genre: Graphic Novel. Magical Realism.
Other Details: Hardback. 40 pages

While out walking one night a quiet young woman named Alexandra comes across a parked Winnebago. The door opens and the driver introduces himself as Mr. Openshaw and advises her that this is the Night Bookmobile and asks if she'd like to see the collection. Intrigued she enters and finds that this mobile library contains only books that she has read. At dawn Alexandra returns home to her live-in boyfriend and tells him about the strange encounter though he does not believe her. Over time she becomes increasingly obsessed with finding the bookmobile again and takes to wandering the streets at night.

This is a gentle, melancholy tale that was also illustrated by Audrey Niffenegger. The illustrations are more realistic and conventional that her other work but this style works perfectly in this context. It forms part of a larger project that Niffenegger is working on titled 'The Library'.

There is a somewhat disturbing aspect to the story, which rather caught me by surprise. Despite its short length, it provoked a good deal of thought about its central themes. Quite a few of the members of my library reading group have read it and everyone reports how moved they were by it. I've added my voice to theirs on that count.

The story originated as a series of weekly cartoons in UK's The Guardian in 2008. The entire original sequence can be seen on their site: The Night Bookmobile on-line. Note that it is listed in 'most recent' order so you have to go back to first entry on 31 May 2008 and work forward.

Audrey Niffenegger's official site - includes samples of her art
Tags: graphic novel, magical realism
Subscribe

  • Book #14: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book opens with the heroine, Margaret Hale, being uprooted from her idyllic…

  • Book 5- Hamnet

    5. Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell. This was the February pick for the book club I'm in. I finished it pretty quickly, it was hard to put down. It's a…

  • January 2021 - Books 1 to 6

    1. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny Inspector Gamache is now retired in Three Pines when he’s recruited to help one of his friends find her…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments