The Book of Pearl by Timothee de Fombelle
Reviewed by: Elina Van Den Berg, Patron
Rating: 2 Stars
Joshua Pearl comes from a world that we no longer believe in-- a world of fairy tale. He knows that his great love waits for him there, but he is stuck in an unfamiliar time and place: an old-world marshmallow shop in Paris on the eve of World War II. As his memories begin to fade, Joshua seeks out strange objects: tiny fragments of tales that have already been told, trinkets that might possibly help him prove his own story before his love is lost forever.
The Book of Pearl is a historical fantasy translated from French. I liked part of the story and didn't like most of it. It was not my cup of tea. The story goes between the world of fairies and our world (Paris in particular and other parts of Europe as well) prior to, during, and after World War II. Parts of it were very confusing as the author jumped around from first to third person, but other sections flowed well. As soon as I got into the life of the "third person" the "first person" would chime in and I would go to myself, "who is this?" until I figured it out. This book was a bit confusing and jumped around quite a bit. If you enjoy a fantasy that is a bit mystifying then you would like this book. For ages 12 and up.