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After The Fall - A Book Review
As an adult have you ever been reading your way through a current best selling novel of epic length and found yourself wishing for a little something to break up the sea of words?
Have you ever felt nostalgic for the days when your books had pictures.
I just finished a book that will take you back to that time, while still offering you a grown up story.
"After the Fall" by Victoria Roberts is an illustrated novel for adults.
It starts off with Alan, arriving home from school, being alerted by his sister that the family is "ruined."
His mother is indisposed and can't talk to him. His father only tells him that "everything is gone," without any elaboration as to where it has gone to, or how it was lost.
He falls asleep that night and wakes up the next morning in New York's Central Park.
His whole family, including the pugs and housekeepers, have been moved to Central Park.
Not only the family, but all of their belongings also have been moved. Even their art is there, hanging in the trees They still have everything except a roof over their heads.
Their life in the park is not too rough. Pops is an inventor, and his inventions allow them to live fairly comfortably. The housekeeper keeps working, for free. They are being charitably fed by a chef from Pops favorite restaurant. Eventually Pops even invents a way to feed them himself, by turning fumes into food.
Things seem to be going smoothly, but winter is coming. Nights are getting cold, and Mother is getting more and more unhappy.
Will they spend the rest of their lives in Central Park, or will Pops be able to invent their way out of this prediciment? You'll have to read the book to find out.
I think the illustrations were my favorite part of this novel. They show what is happening on any given page, whether its the pugs not cooperating in wearing baby clothes, or Pops turning himself into a coconut and a hamburger. And some of them are downright funny, not showing realisticly whats happening, but offering up visual puns.
Below are a small sampling of some of the books illustrations, so you can get a feel of what the book LOOKS like.
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If you like the art of this book, you might like other art from the New Yorker.