The Secret of Lost Things

The Secret of Lost Things

A Novel

Book - 2006
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When 18-year-old Rosemary Savage arrives in New York from Tasmania, she takes a job at a vast, chaotic emporium of used and rare books and finds herself caught up in the search for a lost Melville manuscript.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780385518482
Characteristics: 354 p.


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Mar 14, 2017

Probably one of the worst novels I have ever read. Trite and common. The characters read like caricatures with no real, believable depth or dynamic traits. The main character is difficult to accept as a believable persona. The plot is actually quite predictable with gratuitous sexual innuendo. Really felt I wasted my time when I read this.

Dec 12, 2007

Tasmanian Rosemary, who is herself a lost thing, moves to New York city after her mother''s death. She finds a job in a huge bookshop called the Arcade that is also full of lost books and staff. Here they spend their days in different sections trying to keep things from being misplaced. With their boss watching from a platform where he barks orders as he prices the books, the staff play a game called "who knows" in order to locate the books. Rosemary''s supervisor and admirer is Walter Geist, an albino. And these are just two of the odd characters that inhabit the shop! Soon Rosemary finds herself caught up in the intrigue over a missing and unpublished Herman Melville novel. How it all unravels is one of the best parts of the book in this clever story of lust and lost things.

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