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Monday, April 1, 2013

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster has become one of my favorite books.  I didn't read it as a child, and I only came to it on it's 50th anniversary when I read a blurb about it in Entertainment Weekly touting the anniversary edition.  I was so fascinated by the work, however, that I fell hopelessly and maddeningly in love.

I don't think I would have appreciated the brilliance of this book as a young person.  As an adult I read with such glee the puns on words and numbers.  I giggled like a child at the cleverness of the word play and the use of particles of speech.

There isn't a lot I want to say because I feel that if you don't read this that you are missing out.  What love and fondness I have for this book, and for this journey, and for, at the end of the story, the understanding that to keep from being bored with life we have a mission that we owe to ourselves.  Be a little more curious and be a little more open, as you never know what you might accomplish if you don't know what you can't do.

Thank you, Mr. Juster and Mr. Feiffer for completing my world.

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