The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

eBook - 2009
Average Rating:
11
1
Rate this:
This brilliant, boundary-leaping debut novel traces 12-year-old genius map-maker T.S. Spivet's attempts to understand the ways of the world, taking T.S. on a journey from his family ranch just north of Divide, Montana, to the Smithsonian's hallowed halls.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2009.
ISBN: 9780698148239
0698148231
0143117351
9780143117353
1594202176
9781594202179
Characteristics: 1 online resource (374 pages) : illustrations.
Summary: This brilliant, boundary-leaping debut novel traces 12-year-old genius map-maker T.S. Spivet's attempts to understand the ways of the world, taking T.S. on a journey from his family ranch just north of Divide, Montana, to the Smithsonian's hallowed halls.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

m
Mooseum
Feb 25, 2018

This is a book which has side notes and drawings in the margins. Since it involves cartography and drawing, it is helpful, but sometimes it can be a distraction. Reading this concurrently with David Foster Wallace's essays, CONSIDER THE LOBSTER, which is also wordy and full of footnotes... it makes one consider the direction of contemporary writing.

With that said, I enjoyed reading this book quite a lot. I liked the main story, of T.S. Spivet and his adventures from Divide, Montana to Washington, D.C. I felt a lot of empathy for him when he reached Washington, and became the center of attention. He handled it beautifully for a person of any age, let alone a 12-year old.

k
kenyasouix
Oct 22, 2015

I will be in 10/23 to pick this up I have been on vacation

k
kayjuni
Aug 09, 2012

Ok, I have to admit, I picked up this book because I really liked the cover design. I thought it was going to be a cute story about a smart 12 year old boy traveling across the country, but I should have known better than to underestimate young adult lit. Larsen describes the American lanscape like a pioneer seeing it for the first time. His characters are emotionally complex and heart-breaking. I definitely cried in public while reading this book. Don't let the illustrations and young main character mislead you, adults will enjoy this book too.

g
gvlee
Mar 13, 2012

Touching and full of humour. There's a dry part in the middle when the main character is travelling through the Red Desert. Hang in there, the story picks up again. Don't skip the footnotes, that's where half the story and almost all the humour is.

z
zappa42
Dec 07, 2011

A beautifully illustrated book about a 12 year old genius who jumps trains across the USA, to accept an award from the Smithsonian Institute.
He makes sense of life by drawing detailed maps of everything he sees, from family dinner conversations, facial expressions, flight paths of bats etc.

k
krimcris
Jun 25, 2011

Genuis and angst found in one 12 year old boy , T.S. Spivit, who is compelled to diagram everything he encounters so as to understand it. Living on an isolated ranch in Montana with a dad of few words, a mom always in her lab, searching for elusive beetles, sister Gracie the family cook (watch out for Gracie's Specials), and the ghost of his dead brother. His quest: To reach the Smithsonian and recieve a prestigious award, diagraming evey step of the way , on railroad cars, and big rigs.

o
oladyofchertsey
Apr 04, 2011

This is the best book I've read in a long time! The story is compellingly told through the eyes of 12-year-old genius cartographer, T.S. Spivet. It NEEDS a sequel though. It ended way too abruptly.

d
Dunwiddie
Feb 11, 2011

This is a highly original book, both in terms of its story line and the manner in which it is written/illustrated. If you're looking for conventional novels, this isn't it. It would be especially attractive to anyone with a love for maps and geography.

j
Jacob Sinclair
Jan 10, 2011

This was a great book. The only thing keeping it from a five star rating is the ending.

j
jeffledoux
Nov 09, 2010

one of my favorite books of the year. captures the wonder and fear and fearlessness of being young in an old person world. rushes a bit at the end to get you where you need to go, but the story, characters,and the meta-text of illustrations and asides make it feel like you're at the end of the whip. enjoyable.

View All Comments

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at CML

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top