Gopnik, Adam. THE KING IN THE WINDOW. New York City, NY: Hyperion Miramax Books, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 412 pages. As New/As New.

The author's debut children's novel. One of the most ambitious children's books of our time, it is a full-fledged novel, not a coloring or picture book. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The book is dedicated to Adam Gopnik's son, Luke Auden, and his late, great godfathers, Kirk Varnedoe and Richard Avedon. Presents Adam Gopnik's dazzling children's novel. "A fantasy that is as ambitious in theme, sophisticated in setting, and cosmic in scope as the works of Madeline L'Engle. The unlikely eponymous hero is Oliver Parker, an 11-year-old American boy living in Paris with his mother and journalist father. After he finds a prize in his slice of cake on The Night of Epiphany and dons the customary gilt-paper crown, the boy is plunged into a battle over nothing less than control of the universe. His enemy is the dreaded Master of Mirrors, who rose to power during the reign of Louis XIV, when Parisians developed technology for making sheet glass. This faceless, evil being, capable of capturing souls through mirrors and enslaving them in an alternate world that lies beyond all mirrors, now seeks to dominate the entire universe by mounting a quantum computer on the Eiffel Tower. Oliver's mission is to defeat the Master of Mirrors and save his father's stolen soul. Empowered by the ideas of the French Enlightenment (logic, rhetoric, and his understanding of the difference between irony and metaphor! ), Oliver is aided by a wild assortment of living allies, along with spirits from the past who dwell in windows, long-time enemies of the Master of Mirrors. Nostradamus, Racine, Moliere, and Alice Liddell make guest appearances" (Margaret A. Chang). A book that surely and delightfully meets Harold Bloom's exacting standards about literature that respects the intelligence and sensitivity of children (Bloom damns the Harry Potter Series as the irreversible dumbing-down of Western culture) and adults alike. A "must-have" title for Adam Gopnik and children's literature collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black marker on the title page by Adam Gopnik. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Beware: Many copies available online have major flaws. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ADAM GOPNIK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 078681862X. $70.00

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