Year pub: 2007
This book could be summed up in two words: Brilliant. Intricate. It has such intricate pictures that it's such a brilliant novel with a wonderful story behind it all. It's just totally brilliant.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is about a boy named, Hugo Cabret. Who lives at a train station. He secretly does the works of his uncle and steals only because he doesn't have any money. Soon later, he gets caught on stealing from a toy booth with an old man. The man later to be known George Melies and takes away a notebook that Hugo possessed. By doing so, it leads to meeting Isabelle, of films, and about one single automaton that could change it all.
There has to be some things that I was thinking after reading this. Firstly, Brilliant. I really liked how it felt that you were watching a film and you just have to bask in the darkness and see what is going to come up on the screen. Secondly, I was wondering why his second book that I read before this one, WONDERSTRUCK, how I wished he wrote it like this one instead of different POV's and a kinda different style. This style, it gave more depth to the character. Hmm...anyways.
Hugo was a very likable character and more that he had such pain and secrets made you want to care for him and follow him to know that his life is going to be better than just winding up clocks at a train station and stealing from stores and picking clothes from donations. He is just one of those characters you want to hug.
Film does come into play with this book as a actual main thing. I loved how the way the whole book fit together like how the gears in clocks fit together just unfolded or how everything just happened. And how Selznick drew every picture precisely there for a reason. It said in the book at one point:
" 'I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. They have exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too. ' "- HugoAnd that's precisely what the whole book is, Everything or everyone is here for a reason. You just need to find what for.