The fabulous setting in The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is in a crowded train station in Paris, France. I know this is the setting because in the very beginning of the book, Selznick draws the Eiffel Tower at night, which is found in Paris. The time frame of this book is in the 1931.I know this because Hugo Cabret makes references throughout the novel about events that happened in, say, 1929, which he finds as a recent event. Also, everyone at a theatre saw movies as “works of art” and in black and white, which had also been very common in the 1930s. The mood in this book can be interpreted in many ways. Why? Because part of this novel is pictures, and “pictures are worth a thousand words” which, in turn, brings many different perceptions to the mood, or feeling, of the book. Some may say that the book is demeaning, unrealistic, and just plain boring. My discernment with the mood with the book, however, is mysterious, yet very simple in a sense as well. I believe this because (spoiler alert!) when the old man from the toy booth takes his notebook, you really have no idea whether he will actually burn it or not. As for the simple interpretation of the book, Hugo had had a normal life that focused on running the clocks, even if he had little mysterious things to worry about.
As you have already guessed, Mr. Hugo Cabret is the main character in The Invention of Hugo Cabret, hence the title of the book. Hugo is a white-skinned boy of 12 years of age with very dark brown hair. He only has a worn-out tweed coat and normal pants because he cannot afford new clothing. Hugo has always been an amazing clockmaker and mechanic (see pictures below), and could basically fix anything you threw at him since age six. Hugo Cabret has an interesting life and personality, based on what past experiences have brought him. When Hugo was a small boy, his father, a horologist, had died in a fire at the museum he had worked for. After the terrible tragedy, his uncle took...
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