Russell Hoban The Trokeville Way

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The revered author of books for all ages, from Bread and Jam for Frances to Turtle Diary, gives the literary performance of a lifetime in this taut psychological thriller about a boy who tries desperately to stop failing. Things are already looking a little funny to Nick Hartley after he loses yet another fight with Harry Buncher--and gets his head bashed into a wall in the bargain. So he is less confused than he ordinarily would when he meets Moe Nagic, a homeless man with a puzzle and a secret to sell. Moe offers Nick a way to visit Trokeville, the world that exists at the edge of the picture puzzle. Nick has to go there, if he's ever going to change the way his life is going. But he soon discovers the devastating danger of the journey: His mind could leave him stranded there, with no way of returning! Written with the power and precision of a great author, The Trokeville Way is a provocative masterpiece for our time.  
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Grade 7-10-Puberty-bound Nick Hartley is preoccupied with getting beat up again by a foul-smelling bully. When Nick's head is knocked against the wall in their latest bout, the line between reality and fantasy is temporarily erased. In his "enhanced" state, which is full of brighter colors and sharper details, the boy buys a watercolor that has been cut up into a jigsaw puzzle from a down-and-out ex-illusionist. Moe Nagic, who calls the work of art The Trokeville Way, tells Nick a sad tale of a lost love, a story inextricably linked to the painting. Hoban mixes poetry, art, and music in Nick's dreamy descent into the picture that will ostensibly lead him to his own private Trokeville. Weird wordplay adds to Nick's disorientation as he deals with the brudge ("bridge with a grudge"), juzzle, mise, troke ("part trick, part stroke"), etc. To this conundrum Hoban adds an unsettling twist: the other players remember their role in Nick's dreams. Trokeville offers a window into the jumble of emotions in an intellectual adolescent's tumultuous mind, one that appreciates ineffable beauty and fears the humiliation of defeat. This is a literary fantasy of mettle and romance containing all the chivalric elements of justice, strength, deference to beauty, and self-actualization. A challenging and offbeat treat for those students willing to make the effort to follow Nick's tortuous trip, it requires a leap of faith and a strong curiosity, as well as an appreciation for the prescient, nagging advice from one's inner voices.
John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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