When The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick came out in 20o7, I wasn’t blogging, I had not been introduced to graphic novels and I had no way to even conceive of reading a novel in pictures. I remember picking it up in the stores and being completely mystified. I put it back down pretty quickly. Here’s a look at the description and what I missed out on.
Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
It definitely looks like fun, and it has now made the leap from a novel in pictures to a novel turned movie. I guess the beauty of this book is that it came complete with storyboards to work from. It’ll be in theaters Thanksgiving of this year. Plenty of time to pick up a copy to “read” if you haven’t already. I might pick up a copy by then as well.
Dd anyone read this? Can you chime in on the experience of “reading” a book that was mostly only pictures?