The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World

The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World Discoveries Amedeo Kaplan dreams of discovering something some treasure no one realizes is there until he finds it And he would like to discover a true friend to share this with Improbably he finds t

  • Title: The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World
  • Author: E.L. Konigsburg
  • ISBN: 9781416953531
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
  • Discoveries Amedeo Kaplan dreams of discovering something some treasure no one realizes is there until he finds it And he would like to discover a true friend to share this with Improbably, he finds the friend in aloof, edgy William Wilcox And even improbably, he finds his treasure among the memorabilia in the house of his eccentric neighbor, Mrs Zender ButDiscoveries Amedeo Kaplan dreams of discovering something some treasure no one realizes is there until he finds it And he would like to discover a true friend to share this with Improbably, he finds the friend in aloof, edgy William Wilcox And even improbably, he finds his treasure among the memorabilia in the house of his eccentric neighbor, Mrs Zender But Amedeo and William find than treasure they find a story that links a sketch, a young boy s life, an old man s reminiscence, and a painful secret dating back to the outrages of Nazi Germany And they discover unexpected truths about art, friendship, history, heroism, and the mysteries of the human heart.

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    1. A question was posed recently on the Horn Book blog run by Roger Sutton about what it would be like if reviewers never knew the names of the authors of the books they read and critique. It's an interesting idea. No human being is a blank slate, after all. You can't help but acquire little prejudices and preconceptions as you become more and more familiar with a writer's work. Sometimes you, the reviewer, are going to have to face facts about one author or another; You're just not that big a fan [...]

    2. Since reading this book, I've discovered that many readers (and even some librarians) feel the subject matter is too mature for middle grade. When I was a reader of twelve years old or so, I was absolutely thrilled to discover a nugget or two of "adult" sophistication in books for kids, and I felt that was the case here. There are just a few racy moments that would raise an adult eyebrow or two (and thrill a reader nearing his or her teens). Part of the controversy about the "appropriateness" of [...]

    3. I have mixed reactions to this book. Like other books which I have read by E.L. Konigsburg, this book is quirky, interesting, and well written. But it has older, more disturbing themes like the way people use other people, and elements such as homosexuality and Nazi persecution. Other themes are rather esoteric for children--opera and modern art. A piece of art which is central to the story is a nude drawing. There is also some language and sexual innuendo. None of it is explicit, but I found it [...]

    4. This book is linked to "The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place" which is linked to "Silent to the Bone". I love these 3 books. They are not a series but characters are linked through each book. This is the last one, Silent to the Bone being the first. Last night was family movie nightwe watched The Monument's Men. I have been dying to see this movie, I read the book. I have not had much time to finish this book. It just happened that the movie and finishing the book collided. It was amazing how they [...]

    5. Having just reread From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (which I originally discovered in 4th or 5th grade), I was struck by the similarities between it and The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World (wow, Konigsburg's titles are quite a mouthful!). Written 40 years apart, both books vividly recreate the environments (New York City & Florida) where the author was living when she wrote them. In both stories, an elderly woman's treasure plays a key part in a young person's life. B [...]

    6. I always somehow manage to forget how incredible E.L Konigsburg's writing is until I'm reaching to shelve one of her books and flip through it "just to see which one this is" and then end up reading a chapter and a half before I've realised. She has an unmatched way with words and I adore it.

    7. I remember loving Konigsburg's book A View From Saturday when I first read it in elementary school, so the minute I saw this in a used bookstore I had to give it a read. I was actually shocked by how much I loved this book and how quickly I read it. The first comment that I have to say about this book is that I feel that the audience for this should definitely be older. I'd like to think that if I had read this in elementary or even middle school it would not have made much sense nor would it ha [...]

    8. Loved this book! I had read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler when I was young and had neither a close library or internet access for library searches. So, I didn't read any more of her books for years. At some point I picked up The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place and really enjoyed it as well, but somehow didn't pick up on the fact that it was the same author. Today I read this book and put it all together, especially as it had a reference to and characters from The Outcasts of [...]

    9. Oh dear. I loved From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler-- it's still a favorite. But, I haven't been a huge fan of Konigsburg's more recent books. I really, really didn't like Silent to the Bone, and was pretty iffy about The View From Saturday. But at least, with those books, my objections had mostly to do with the story which didn't really work for me in either case. This novel, however, just felt sloppy There were lots of bits that didn't fit together, and moments that were supp [...]

    10. I loved this book.For the writing.And that is a rare and wonderful thing.Unconventional similes dot the pages. I first noticed it when “William raised his shoulder slowly and tilted his head slightly like a conversational semicolon before continuing.” But they're everywhere.Little gems of wisdom pop up in unexpected places, and so are saved from being trite. I especially loved this one: "Friendship is a combination of art and craft. The craft part is in knowing how to give and how to take. T [...]

    11. I admire Konigsburg's writing and plotting, and her willingness to attack unlikely and even uncomfortable issues, but perhaps she's attempted too much with this book.The art mystery here is intriguing (and much better than that from Chasing Vermeer), and Konigsburg does a wonderful job bringing together the storylines from many different directions. The idea of art stolen by Nazis and recently being rediscovered seems very topical. However, I felt that bringing together two families, from two di [...]

    12. A coming of age novel about friendship, trust, history, art history, and relationships. I adored Mixed-Up Files and found this book to be more complex. I appreciate that. Some reviewers knocked off stars in their ratings due to content dealing with homosexuality and Nazism and didn't think it was appropriate for middle grade readers. The beauty of YA lit is that topics such as these are a good way to start conversations with your child. I love YA novels and art history so this book was a delight [...]

    13. So, this turned out to be a really great book. When it first started, I was like, where is this one going, but it picked up speed and wrapped up nicely. Take two kids helping to clean out an old opera singer's estate (while she's still around), mix it with a museum curator organizing a showing of art banned by Hitler, and throw it all it the blender. Mix well. Yields a good result. Surprisingly tasty.

    14. I love From the Mixed But This Book was NOT for a childrens section of a library. Homosexuality, sexual innuendo, abuse is mentioned briefly. I am sorry to those who hold other views, and I DO NOT agree with what the Nazi's did, but I'm with Carrie Prejean. Marriege and bf/gr are the way to go. Changing the subject from a book: Is anyone else on doing NaNoWriMo?!??!? If so please reply!!!

    15. Hm. I am normally a huge fan of E.L. Konigsburg but frankly, I'm mystified by this book. First of all, I do not think it should have been labeled or sold as a Children's or Juvenile book. It seems much more Young Adult. I work extensively with young kids, and I don't know any, never mind two, that act like the sixth graders in this book. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. I'm just mystified by the whole thing, and I hate that feeling.

    16. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World combines the technicalities of estate liquidation with the history of Hitler's "Degenerate Art" and his practice of stealing and banning modern art. It is an interesting premise with intriguing jumps between present and future. I was interested in the history of Nazi confiscated art, but I felt the story was rather jumpy and just raced together at the end. Again my problem might be late night reading, but I wasn't as impressed as I hoped to be.

    17. Konigsburg is a master. I appreciate how she plunges kids into serious characters encountering the serious forces of history but in a way that's funny and gripping. The final tie-it-in-a-bow scene was a bit labored but otherwise this was a great read.

    18. So growing up, Konigsburg's The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was one of my favorite books. As an adult, I discovered her book The View from Saturday and loved that one, too - a lot. But for me, The Mysterious Edge just didn't work the way her other two books did. The plot is disjointed and strange, the characters inconsistent and unrealistic, and the entire premise centers around a lot of coincidences.I really wanted to like this book - two kids becoming friends while helping an e [...]

    19. Amedeo Kaplan is new in town. His dream is to discover something. He's never had any real friends.William Wilcox and his mother run an estate sales business helping people organize and sell their belongings. William has no friends as he is aloof and seems to rub everyone the wrong way.Mrs. Zender is Amedeo's neighbor and William's client. The two boys form a partnership that becomes a friendship as they help to sort through her mansion and list the items she wants to sell as she is moving to a r [...]

    20. I shouldn't have expected something lighthearted from E.L. Konigsburg. Instead, she did what she usually does: interwove two things that seemed unconnected to build tension until her big reveal near the end. Some of the pop culture references bogged her down en route. I actually have read The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place and didn't realize this was tangentially related until the towers were mentioned. Both discuss art in similarly educational, thought-provoking ways. The philosophical point Kon [...]

    21. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World teaches readers that only by looking past our own preconceptions can we truly see the person underneath. Twelve-year-olds William and Amadeo learned to look past old Mrs. Zelden’s eccentric stage-actress dress to see the kind and generous woman beneath her diva personality. William had to look past Amadeo’s wealth to see that he was a good friend without any snobbish or selfish parts. Amadeo had to look past both William and his mother’s incorrect gr [...]

    22. 3.5/5 I didn't enjoy this as much as Konigsburg's previous works. Things really didn't pick up until the middle of the book and the characters felt underdeveloped. That said, the premise is fascinating - Konigsburg does excel at weaving art history into her plots. Reading some of the reviews surprised me. Yes, there are more complex* topics covered in this novel. Does that make them inappropriate for middle schoolers? I don't believe it does. Often times, teachers and parents underestimate child [...]

    23. I rate The Mysterious Edge of the heroic World a 2 star(it was ok) because it wasn't bad or good it was just okay I didn't enjoy it that much. But the author could of written more exciting it wasn't exciting for me I don't know why. This book has a boy named Amedeo Kaplan he wants to find a true friend that will be with him. He finds his friend but there is still more him and his friend named William Wilcox find something more then treasure they find a story of a man. In the book there is where [...]

    24. Thought of the "The Berlin Boxing Club."“Before you can be anything, you have to be yourself. That's the hardest thing to find.”― E.L. KonigsburgTwo young men find who they really are and others around them as they try to do something heroic.Found this to be a good mystery like book about the past of some characters.

    25. just some quotes that I pulled from the novel"Ninety percent of who you are is invisible""and he thought about the edge between the ninety percent and the ten percent. Sometimes the edge was cunning, and sometimes it was kind. Sometimes it was shabby. And sometimes it was heroic. But it was always mysterious. Definitely."

    26. I love it when I get much more than I bargained for in a book! I learned so much about stolen "Degenerate Art" during the Holocaust. Unbelievable history. I've loved every single Konigsburg book I've read, and I can't wait to read more! Highly recommend!

    27. It's like running into a friend 20 years later and catching up. Aside from that: did every bit make perfect sense to me? No But I was still sucked in completely. I couldn't put it down - not out of nostalgia, but because I wanted to know what happened.

    28. This is the first Konigsburg I was disappointed with. It rallied in the end, but didn't get really interesting until about page 162.

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