I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know this was the book they based the film Hugo on, till Mr. Lacer mentioned it (I plan to see the movie just not yet). I just bought the book, a great hulk of a thing, because I thought it looked interesting and pretty, a mixture of text and exquisite hand drawn pencil drawings, the story being told interchangeably by the two mediums.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret tells the story of an orphaned boy who lives in the walls and attic spaces of a Paris train station. He sets and mends the station’s clocks in secret whilst working on a special project of his own…. The story features magic and film and is charming and is, as I thought, interesting, it was certainly a unique way to tell a story and I loved the drawings, particularly the busier ones of the train station and the book shop. But although I thought the story sweet, it didn’t grab me and the motivation of one of the key characters, the toy shop owner, perplexed me a little. This story felt so deliberately cinematic, I have a feeling I may enjoy it more as a film.