The Selected Works Of T S Spivet

Paperback | May 11, 2010

byReif Larsen

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When twelve-year-old genius cartographer T.S. Spivet receives an unexpected phone call from the Smithsonian announcing he has won the prestigious Baird Award, life as normal-if you consider mapping family dinner table conversations normal- is interrupted and a wild cross-country adventure begins, taking T.S. from his family ranch just north of Divide, Montana, to the museum’s hallowed halls.

 

     T.S.’s trip begins at Coppertop Ranch and the last known place he stands is Washington, D.C. , but his journey’s movement is far harder to track: How does one map the delicate lessons learned about family or communicate the ebbs and flows of heartbreak, loneliness, and love? There are some answers here on the road from Divide, and some new questions, too.

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     When twelve-year-old genius cartographer T.S. Spivet receives an unexpected phone call from the Smithsonian announcing he has won the prestigious Baird Award, life as normal-if you consider mapping family dinner table conversations normal- is interrupted and a wild cross-country adventure begins, taking T.S. from his family ranch ...

Reif Larsen’s first novel, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet, was a New York Times bestseller and is currently being published in twenty-nine countries. The novel was a 2010 Montana Honor Book, a Border’s Original voices Finalist, and IndieBound Award Finalist and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book award and the James Tait Bl...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 7.5 × 1.05 inPublished:May 11, 2010Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143171836

ISBN - 13:9780143171836

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite book! Very original I absolutely loved this book. Every page has drawings in the margins (from the main character) which makes it very original.
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"Miraculous... The novel is a cabinet of wonders, an odyssey of self-discovery, a family romance, a symphony of topography, geology and American history. The book hardly seems able to stay between its covers, bulging as it is with so many astonishments, so many crossings of fictional lines... Read it and marvel. In doing so, we gain a map of the world, a vision of our own troubled heads and hearts, a legend for our own bewildered epoch." - Bookpage"Intellectually provocative." - Booklist"Two predictions about The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet: readers are going to love it as much as I did, and few if any will have experienced anything like it. I'm flabbergasted by Reif Larsen's talent, and I was warmed by his generosity—if this book were a mug of Sundy's magic juice, I would surely hold it in two hands. The drawings that cascade and tumble through the pages could be a gimmick—cutie-poo tatting on the edge of a lace doily—and in the hands of a lesser novelist, that might have been the case. But because T.S. is such a vivid and realistic character (in spite of his Asperger's/OCD tics, not because of them), they add texture, humanity, and humor. This is a very funny book. I laughed until tears ran down my face when T.S. explains how to win at Oregon Trail, and if he were a real boy, I would seek him out so he could teach me how to win at the old Pitfall Harry game. Here is a book that does the impossible: it combines Mark Twain, Thomas Pynchon, and Little Miss Sunshine. Good novels entertain; great ones come as a gift to the readers who are lucky enough to find them. This book is a treasure." - Stephen King"A seductive book, a tactile 3-D delight" - Maclean's"A cracking tale of adventure" - Winnipeg Free Press "Like nothing you've ever picked up before...steeped in poignancy, humour and wisdom" - Vanity Fair