Random Fiction, Young Adult/Children

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

I chanced upon a review in a very outdated TIME magazine, of the movie. The premise of the movie intrigued me and the review had sufficiently praised it to make me curious. The review did mention that there existed a book, to which the movie remained faithful to, in description.

I was a little surprised to find it in the children’s section, but as it turned out, they are definitely the target audience of the presentation. Adults can enjoy this book too, especially if you have an open mind. The book is of two people whose paths cross at the end of the book. In 1927, Rose is fighting her usual life in Hoboken, NJ. She is deaf and most of her story is depicted in images that either zoom out of the scene or zoom in (using multiple pictures to generate that effect). On the other hand, in 1977, Ben Wilson has one working ear, and is struggling to come to grips with the loss of her mother when he completely loses his hearing. Based on a hunch and a few clues, he sets off on an adventure, the successful end of which he desperately craves.

The tale has its soft moments, and I can definitely see the lure of making a movie from it. It also had a scene which got me thinking about how deaf people must have been happy with the silent movies (like Charlie Chaplin) where even the people who can hear, get their dialogues the same way the hearing impaired do.This last statement was something I contemplated on after the set of related pictures were seen, so I wanted to mention it here.

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