Lost: A Novel

by Gregory Maguire

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | September 5, 2002 | Trade Paperback

Lost: A Novel is rated 2 out of 5 by 5.

Winifred Rudge, a bemused writer struggling to get beyond the runaway success of her mass-market astrology book, travels to London to jump-start her new novel about a woman who is being haunted by the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Upon her arrival, she finds that her stepcousin and old friend John Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have taken over his home. Is the spirit Winnie's great-great-grandfather, who, family legend claims, was Charles Dickens's childhood inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge? Could it be the ghostly remains of Jack the Ripper? Or a phantasm derived from a more arcane and insidious origin? Winnie begins to investigate and finds herself the unwilling audience for a drama of specters and shades—some from her family's peculiar history and some from her own unvanquished past.

In the spirit of A. S. Byatt's Possession, with dark echoing overtones of A Christmas Carol, Lost presents a rich fictional world that will enrapture its readers.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.06 in

Published: September 5, 2002

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060988649

ISBN - 13: 9780060988647

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wasn't impressed Winnie Rudge is a writer with massive writers block. She flies out to visit her cousin John in London, England with the hopes that her trip will spark something in her to help her start writing again. When she arrives, John is no where to be found but there are contractors in his flat removing walls to build access to the roof. Winnie tries to find John but also has to deal with the contractors who are convinced the place is haunted. Hammering happens and nails trying to be removed retract back in to the wall. Perhaps this is the ghost of Winnie's great grandfather, whom Scrooge may or may not have been modeled after. As I'm sure you can tell from the description, there's a lot going on in this book. Too much. Winnie and her writer's block, there's also obviously something about her past that she's hiding, where is John, is there a ghost in his apartment, and what's the story with her great grandfather. Maguire simply can't tackle all of these items and the story just falls apart because of it. Things that you think the book will focus on (the ghosts and the great grandfather) it doesn't, and then the book takes an odd turn and you wonder what you missed. To add to all this, the characters are glossed over and it was hard to understand their attitudes. John was very rude to Winnie and it Winnie had an attitude problem as well. Maguire didn't give enough away at the beginning of the book to explain this which frustrated me and by the time I got to the end I didn't care enough. If I hadn't heard such good things about Wicked, I don't think I'd ever pick up another Maguire book. I will give Wicked a try though and make my decision after that.
Date published: 2012-09-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I don't know if it's because I expected something different or if I genuinely disliked this book, but if you're expecting a typical Gregory Maguire novel, revise your expectations. This book is a dark, psychological muddle.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Maguire does Jack the Ripper This book is not Maguire at his best. It is the story of a woman who becomes obsessed with Jack the Ripper. Rather than focusing on one story which he rewrites, as in Wicked, Maguire's strength in this novel is the character development. It is a gripping tale that will reward a discerning reader.
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from He could have done better I am a huge fan of Macguire, but this book disappointed me, too many elements ruined what could have been an amazing story. He seemed confused about what plot he was going to follow. I adored it for the first bit but hated the ending. It was to out of the blue and not following the story he seemed to be presenting in the first half of the novel. If you are looking for great maguire, check out wicked and confessions, that is him at his best.
Date published: 2003-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lost in the Story Another amazing book written by Gregory Maguire. He created an odd world in which a women finds herself lost in a mystery, but lost in her past. As she uncovers the mystery that surrouds her she discovers that she needs to escape the life she lives. The only problem is, how can she?
Date published: 2003-10-10

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Lost: A Novel

by Gregory Maguire

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.06 in

Published: September 5, 2002

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060988649

ISBN - 13: 9780060988647

From the Publisher

Winifred Rudge, a bemused writer struggling to get beyond the runaway success of her mass-market astrology book, travels to London to jump-start her new novel about a woman who is being haunted by the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Upon her arrival, she finds that her stepcousin and old friend John Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have taken over his home. Is the spirit Winnie's great-great-grandfather, who, family legend claims, was Charles Dickens's childhood inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge? Could it be the ghostly remains of Jack the Ripper? Or a phantasm derived from a more arcane and insidious origin? Winnie begins to investigate and finds herself the unwilling audience for a drama of specters and shades—some from her family's peculiar history and some from her own unvanquished past.

In the spirit of A. S. Byatt's Possession, with dark echoing overtones of A Christmas Carol, Lost presents a rich fictional world that will enrapture its readers.

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked, now a beloved classic, is the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

“[A] bewitching story...Witty and wise…Adult and sophisticated, his musings on beauty, ugliness, magic, reality, and imagination explore how our past follows us always and shapes our self-perception.” (Chicago Tribune on Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister)
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