The Keeper of Lost Things

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The Keeper of Lost Things

The Keeper of Lost Things

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When Anthony dies he leaves both his estate and the responsibility for completing his life’s work to Laura, his housekeeper/secretary. An object isn’t always just itself; it can be attached to someone’s memories - of a person, an event, and a time of happiness. Her characters reveal themselves gradually, much as the found objects acquire layers of meaning as we become acquainted with their provenance and history.

Charming and endlessly endearing, Hogan’s novel of a collector of lost objects and his determined mission to reunite them with their owners is a feel-good tale about atonement, affection and doing the right thing. He just wanted to keep them safe in case one day they could be reunited with the people who had lost them. I felt inspired after reading this novel and found this a comfortable, feel good read that left me thinking how those little things in life could actually be more consequential than one might think. The Keeper of Lost Things” is, in my opinion, a mediocre and sentimental love story that operates with superficial characters and unbelievable scenes. Anthony, for a very personal cause, has collected these objects for 40 years since his wife passed away, and following his own death requests the endeavour be taken up by his assistant Laura.We found the narratives difficult to navigate due to the vast amount of story strands in the novel which the connections to one another felt far fetched. But, like objects, people do not stay around forever, and Anthony eventually leaves this ongoing quest in the capable hands of his caretaker, Laura, who appears equally as “lost” as his beloved objects. If you are a lover of wonderfully told stories where people truly love one another, then this book is ever so right for you.

There followed a general discussion about other titles this group has read, and how some books promote debate while others, though well written and readable, do not. As Anthony approaches the end of his life and realizes that he is running out of time, he turns over the care of his home and collected treasures to his assistant Laura.This book was such a wonderful, delightful, quiet and heartwarming tale that I wish I would have loved a little bit more. What a horrendous sentence to impose upon the character, whose sole purpose *seems* to have been to provide some comedy for the woeful characters that were her 'friends' - such as best friend and 'heroine' Laura who mocks her, hides from her in the larder and, at no point I would argue, is likeable in any sense.

When I finally picked it up I found a gentle and charming story about an elderly gentleman, Anthony, who collected and catalogued items, found and presumed lost. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds comfort in her faithful canine companion Haizum, and peace in the quiet lanes of her town's lido. I live in a chaotic Victorian house with an assortment of rescue dogs and my long-suffering husband.

The Keeper of Lost Things is a lovely story about the things and people we lose and the possibility of finding them again. She is curious by what is behind his office door but knows Anthony will have a perfectly good reason for doing so. Two main stories alternate and meander gently through the book, interspersed with lovely anecdotes about the lost things.

In fact, I doubt anyone would want to claim Portia, the one actual sibling of a main character, as family. All of our books are 100% brand new, unread and purchased directly from the publishers in bulk allowing us to pass the huge savings on to you! It invites curiosity about the characters and subject matter, dazzles with ironic observations, extends empathy to even the most unlikeable human beings, and gives dog-lovers a literary outing. It was endearing and brought a big smile to my face as I turned the last page and read the last word. Ruth Hogan has weaved an intelligent, magical and fantastical tale of loss, love, heartbreak, redemption and hope.The second point of view is told from the perspective of Eunice and centers around her life-long relationship with publisher/employer/ best friend Bomber. Having said that, the group did enjoy Anthony's imagined stories for each lost item and found them very creative (the ones highlighted in the discussion were the jigsaw piece and the umbrella). There is a compelling, magical appeal to this story, not in the literal sense, but it added a pleasant ambiance of imaginative goodness. Perhaps, when all is said and done, it is not only for the things we do well, but it is also with our imperfections for which we are loved.

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