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The Daydreamerby Ian McEwan
Synopses & Reviews
From the inexhaustible imagination of Ian McEwan — a master of contemporary fiction and author of the Booker Prize-winning national bestseller Amsterdam — an enchanting work of fiction that appeals equally to children and adults.
First published in England as a children's book, The Daydreamer marks a delightful foray by one of our greatest novelists into a new fictional domain. In these seven exquisitely interlinked episodes, the grown-up protagonist Peter Fortune reveals the secret journeys, metamorphoses, and adventures of his childhood. Living somewhere between dream and reality, Peter experiences fantastical transformations: he swaps bodies with the wise old family cat; exchanges existences with a cranky infant; encounters a very bad doll who has come to life and is out for revenge; and rummages through a kitchen drawer filled with useless objects to discover some not-so-useless cream that actually makes people vanish. Finally, he wakes up as an eleven-year-old inside a grown-up body and embarks on the truly fantastic adventure of falling in love.
Moving, dreamlike, and extraordinary, The Daydreamer marks yet another imaginative departure for Ian McEwan, and one that adds new breadth to his body of work.
"As the unexpected keeps happening, the pages...turn swiftly and effortlessly. A rare find." VOYA
"McEwan dextrously presents a series of strange and wonderful metamorphoses. His vivid and poetic writing, celebrating the creative abilities of a gifted 10-year-old, reveals a profound understanding of childhood." Publishers Weekly
"McEwan writes simple, visual prose — comic, deadpan, and lyrical — that captures the physicalness of the wild fantasy. The uneasiness remains." Hazel Rochman, Booklist
"Novelist McEwan's first book for children contains some magical moments but is marred by being often repetitive and occasionally mean-spirited." Kirkus Reviews
"A shivery, prickly joy." The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"Mr. McEwan at his best." The New York Times Book Review
"A classic." The Financial Post
In these seven exquisitely interlinked stories, the grown-up protagonist Peter Fortune reveals the secret journeys, metamorphoses, and adventures of his childhood.
From award-winning master Ian McEwan comes an enchanting work of fiction that appeals equally to adults and children. In these seven exquisite, interlinked episodes, grownup Peter Fortune reveals the secret journeys, metamorphoses, and adventures of his childhood.<P>Living somewhere between dream and reality, Peter experiences fantastical transformations: he swaps bodies with the family cat and a cranky infant, battles a very bad doll who comes to life to seek revenge, and discovers in a kitchen drawer some vanishing cream that actually makes people vanish. In the final story, he wakes up as an eleven-year-old inside a grownup's body, and embarks on the truly fantastic adventure of falling in love. Moving, dreamlike, and extraordinary, The Daydreamer is a celebration of imagination and fantasy.
About the Author
Ian McEwan has written two collections of short stories — First Love, Last Rites, which won the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets — and eight novels, including The Cement Garden; The Comfort of Strangers, short-listed for the 1981 Booker Prize; The Child in Time, winner of the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; The Innocent; Black Dogs; Enduring Love; and Amsterdam, winner of the 1998 Booker Prize. He lives in Oxford, England.
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