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This novel enriches the form with the addtion of marginalia which enhances the characterization of young T.S. Spivet. No need to study the notes and drawings, just read them where indicated by arrows from the text and little by little Spivet's mind is revealed as that of a precocious boy with a scientific bent who simply has the emotions of a junior high kid trying to figure out the world, death, his parents' marriage while mapping everything from his room to the universe.
Jan 12, 2010
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
This is a fascinating novel about a twelve year old who is far beyond his peers academically, but still does not understand many of the aspects of the adult world he is plunged into through his work. His cartography work causes him to gain fame among gurus of the field and recognition from the Smithsonian.
I found the side notes and sketches thoroughly compelling and enjoyed the fact that despite his genius, he did not speak as an authority, but as a learner. While I did feel the excitement faded towards the end, overall it was original and exceptionally creative of Reif Larson's part.
Aug 20, 2009
I loved it
The beginning of the book fascinated me, with its look at the inner workings of the mind of a child prodigy and his life on a western ranch. It is rich in detail and the way it hints at a troubled episode from the boy's recent past is tantalizing.
The tone of the book seems to change about midway following another traumatic event that occurs during the kid's solitary journey to the Smithsonian and i believe it is the author's intention to indicate a maturing of the childs mind.
I greatly enjoyed this novel.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-02-09 Fans of Wes Anderson will find much to love in the offbeat characters and small (and sometimes not so small) touches of magic thrown into the mix during the cross-country, train-hopping adventure of a 12-year-old mapmaking prodigy, T.S. Spivet. After the death of T.S.'s brother, Layton, T.S. receives a call from the Smithsonian informing him that he has won the prestigious Baird award, prompting him to hop a freight train to Washington, D.C., to accept the prize. Along the way, he meets a possibly sentient Winnebago, a homicidal preacher, a racist trucker and members of the secretive Megatherium Club, among many others. All this is interwoven with the journals of his mother and her effort to come to grips with the matriarchal line of scientists in the family. Dense notes, many dozens of illustrations and narrative elaborations connected to the main text via dotted lines are on nearly every page. For the most part, they work well, though sometimes the extra material confuses more than clarifies. Larsen is undeniably talented, though his unique vision and style make for a love-it or hate-it proposition. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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