“I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the 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.” (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selnick)
This is a story of a boy who finds his purpose and place in life through asking questions. He has singleness of purpose and of mind – he does not give up his mysteries. He pushes people until they answer him. He does not stop trying. Is this what it takes to find out why we’re here?
Perhaps the gorgeous two-page spreads will convince you that the world is one big machine, or perhaps it will be the simplified ‘subtitles’ or between-script. Whether you’re reading 50 pages of Hugo in five-minute shots in between jobs or just sitting down on the couch for a morning, The Invention of Hugo Cabret will not disappoint. I would recommend it to any 12-year old boy I come across, as well as anyone looking for a truly unique book.
Beverage: I was definitely craving oolong tea for the duration of this work, Iron Goddess of Mercy by Rishi, to be exact.
Reminds me… of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay because of the magician tie-ins and how the beautiful drawings almost seem like a different form of the comic book.