Archive for March, 2010

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

March 16, 2010

A Train in Paris, circa 1895

This photo is of a train accident in Paris in the 1890’s.  It’s among the many images included in the 2007 book THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.  It dovetails with a number of my own interests and obsessions including silent films, old Paris, automatons and trains.  It’s a “novel” in a novel form.  Blocks of text are interspersed with found or historical pictures and the author’s own drawings.  All the images made the book “read quickly” for something over 500 pages long.

It’s not like a usual “graphic novel” as there are no word balloons (for dialogue) or captions.

One of my old heroes is involved in the story too, the mysterious wildman of early cinema Georges Méliès.

It won the Caldecott Medal in 2008.  It’s in the news currently as Martin Scorsese is developing a movie based on  this.  He might even direct it himself!