PETER NIMBLE AND HIS FANTASTIC EYES

28 Jun
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It wasn’t until chapter 5, or page 50 to be exact, that I found myself falling, willingly, into the world of Peter Nimble. Up ‘til then, it was a touch and go situation where I almost gave up the journey. Yawning and forcing myself to continue to read, because, after all, the night man from Auxier’s second book, The Night Gardener, had so enraptured me that I really didn’t want to believe that this book, albeit, a first attempt at brilliance, was anything but.

And so it is, along with Sir Tode, the Haberdasher and the Taverner, that I followed Peter Nimble further into the adventure. And what an adventure it turned out to be!

The tone set within the pages of this book is more YA than is The Night Gardener. However, not so much so that an adult won’t enjoy its rhythm. This book is beguiling, and the magic found on every page is engaging. Interesting to me is the way Auxier slyly slides himself into his third person narrative, using an omniscient point of view to speak directly to the reader. Skillfully done.

Auxier is a self-admitted thief.* So, writing about a thief is not so far-fetched for him. Peter Nimble, after all, is the greatest thief who ever lived, and being blind since birth only enhances his thievery. When Peter steals a box, he finds the ‘eyes’ that move his life into untold imaginings. Untold, that is, only for someone who isn’t Jonathan Auxier, the ‘Royal Storyteller.’

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* Auxier admits to being influenced by the likes of Dickens’ Oliver; C.S. Lewis’ Aslan; Peter Pan; and Gollum, among others. His insight for the inspiration of his own characters is pure mastermind. As you read, you can’t help but think, ‘Hey, this guy stole characters from those other guys!’ Actually, he didn’t ‘steal’ anything. It’s all a matter of sway. Auxier’s characters are from his own creepy little mind.

 

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