The Invention of Hugo Cabret


I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick in one unbroken sitting: it cast a spell on me that I couldn’t walk away from. It is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. This beautiful piece of art is characterized as “a novel in words and picture,” and I have no better words to characterize it but to say that it’s both legitimately brilliant and genuinely touching. The black and white drawings are gorgeous in their simplicity and intricate detail as they bring to startling life the world of 1931 Paris. It’s not only in the tale told, but in the telling of this tale that the wonder, majesty, whimsy, and magic of the early days of film is conjured, as well as the marvel and beauty of childhood innocence. This is a work that must be experienced, not merely read.

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