Emberton

Emberton

[a Novel]

Book - 2014
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For mysterious reasons, Lance Blunt has never been able to read. When an anonymous postcard offers him a job at Emberton Dictionary, he goes for an interview, hoping someone at this prestigious bastion of language can finally teach him. Behind the revolving doors of Emberton Tower, Lance finds only more mysteries. With the fate of language itself at stake, Lance must confron the secrets of the Tower and discover the key to his past -- and the cost of harnessing the power of words.
Publisher: Madeira Park, B.C. : Douglas & McIntyre (2013) Ltd., c2014
ISBN: 9781553655541
Branch Call Number: F NOR NVD
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 22 cm

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melwyk Dec 28, 2014

With unexpected turns in the story, and plenty of odd characters (some who perhaps were trying a little too hard to be the quirky sidekick of any quest tale), Emberton was an unusual, darker 'bookish book' than many I've read.

No twee charms here; it's all daily tedium until Lance's curiosity gets him into the deep centre of the whole mess. Funny, cringe-inducing, a wee bit ponderous at times, this is still an original tale.

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