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About the Author
An instructor at Columbia College¿s Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago, Audrey Niffenegger teaches her students how to print type on letterpresses and craft limited-edition books by hand. In addition to her bestselling debut novel, The Time Traveler¿s Wife which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, she is the author of two illustrated novels, The Three Incestuous Sisters and The Adventuress .
Date of Birth:June 13, 1963
Place of Birth:South Haven, Michigan
Education:B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1985; M.F.A., Northwestern University, 1991
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Night Bookmobile. by Audrey Niffenegger based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Short, sweet, and somewhat tragic. The art is nothing spectacular, but it does its job well enough. I understand the pursuit of the main character, but don't see the reason behind the eventual conclusion. I don't often demand an explanation for things when I'm reading, because it usually serves the story, but in this case I feel it would have helped. Also, the central conceit of this story is actually somewhat defeated by the existence of LibraryThing, which I find very amusing.
I can't praise 'The Night Bookmobile' highly enough. It's painfully astute in recognising the thin line readers negotiate when losing themselves in and to books. And as a meditation on life it is utterly heartbreaking.Read it, weep, read it again, weep some more: and try looking at your own shelves in the same way afterwards. It simply cannot be done.
I read this to fill in 15 minutes at work as the whole book (all 33 pages) is available on the Guardian website. My reaction to The Time Traveller's Wife should have warned me to stay away but I just couldn't help myself.This story is relatively simple - a young girl wandering through the streets at night comes across an old winnebago driven by a distinguished old man, she accepts his invitation and inside finds a library comprising of everything that she has ever read. The rest of story follows her attempts, over years, to find the night bookmobile again and become a librarian therein. Crucially Niffenegger misses the point of libraries: the night bookmobile contains all the books that an individual has read but surely a magical library would contain all the books an individual wants to read and books they could not obtain elsewhere, i.e., more novels by Austen or Dickens. That would be a library worth being obsessed about; a library of everything you have ever read could just be your bookshelves.Likewise Niffenegger says that the book is "a cautionary tale of the seductions of the written word" but it goes further than that - it could be subtitled "why you shouldn't waste your time with books". Loving books will make you obsessed, lonely, and capable of only living vicariously. Also, the young woman, is only seen reading in order to fill more shelves in the bookmobile; we never see the joy and wonder of reading another great book. As in The Time Traveller's Wife Niffenegger has created a concept-based work but failed to think through the ramifications of the original idea - it is ironic that Niffenegger is seen as being a clever writer when the final books are so dumb. While her artwork is perfectly acceptable her prose is as mediocre as before. If the night bookmobile ever tracks me down I will be throwing Niffenegger's books out when the librarian isn't looking.
An interesting read. Very identifiable, requiring a bit of suspension of disbelief, but still a good story.