Title: The Night Bookmobile
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Publication Year: 2010Publisher: Abrams Comic Arts
Edition: hardcoverSource: Library
Date Completed: 3/14/2012Rating: 4/5
The Night Bookmobile, is a somewhat disturbing book, but one that gave left me thinking about the story. The protagonist is a quiet, young woman, named Alexandra, who is obsessed by books.....sound familiar book lovers? One night when she is out late after a fight with her boyfriend, she comes across an old Winnebago, which operates as The Night Bookmobile. The library on wheels is open from dusk to dawn and is run by a man named Mr. Openshaw, who invites her inside. Cautious but curious, because of her love for books, once inside Alexandra begins to browse, and notices something very strange. The bookmobile contains every book that she has ever read over the years, from early childhood books to ones she has recently read. She even finds her diary there. Before she gets a chance to finish browsing, the library is closing and she must leave.
When she looks for the bookmobile on subsequent nights, she doesn't find it. She sees it now and then, but is busy pursuing her dream of being a librarian, thinking that some day maybe she can work with Mr. Openshaw. For reasons I can't disclose -- this never happens. She breaks up with her boyfriend, becoming somewhat obsessed in finding the bookmobile, and in the process she becomes more and more of a loner -- her only interest being her books.
Definitely a cautionary tale, The Night Bookmobile, is a story that will stick in the minds of book lovers everywhere. The art work was clever and very well done. A short, quick and memorable story -- not a book for young children.
Have you read this one? What did you think?