Welcome to this week’s Weekly Wonder :
THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH BY NORTON JUSTER
SO, WHAT’S UP WITH THE STORY?
A boy who’s bored with the world at large, named Milo. A ‘watch’dog that hates wasting time, called Tock. A pretentious beetle known to all as The Humbug. An imaginary world where taking things literally is the norm. What’s not to like?
The book is about how Milo, the protagonist, comes across a package labelled, memorably,”One genuine Turnpike Tollbooth. If not perfectly satisfied, your wasted time will be refunded.” It takes him to the Kingdom of Wisdom, where, through a series of misadventures, Milo learns how to dispel his monotony.
A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES
“Expect everything, I always say, and the unexpected never happens.”
“The only thing you can do easily is be wrong, and that’s hardly worth the effort.”
“Whether or not you find your own way, you’re bound to find some way. If you happen to find my way, please return it, as it was lost years ago. I imagine by now it’s quite rusty.”
“Have you ever heard a blindfolded octopus unwrap a cellophane-covered bathtub?”
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT
- For a person who really enjoys puns and intentional use of literal meanings for humor, this book is a must read.
- There’s a hidden meaning in every sentence. A message to be gleaned from every little thing in the book.
- It’s also interesting for those people who’ve had to deal with the whole Maths vs. Literature argument. It’s a central theme throughout the book.
- It’s very quotable. Once you’re done reading it, your friends are going to be sick of how often you make references to it. (You have been warned.)
- The mother of all plot twists. It was unanticipatable. Yes, that is a word. No, I didn’t make it up. Really.
Haven’t read, haven’t lived. Off you go. You have a book to read.
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