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Read from February 18 to 27, 2014
Gall/Spurzheim Phrenology Map
Description: Nine-year-old Louis Drax is a problem child: bright, precocious, deceitful, and dangerously, disturbingly, accident prone. When he falls off a cliff into a ravine, the accident seems almost predestined. Louis miraculously survives - but the family has been shattered. Louis' father has vanished, his mother is paralysed by shock, and Louis lies in a deep coma from which he may never emerge. In a clinic in Provence, Dr Pascal Dannachet tries to coax Louis back to consciousness. But the boy defies medical logic, startling Dannachet out of his safe preconceptions, and drawing him inexorably into the dark heart of Louis' buried world. Only Louis holds the key to the mystery surrounding his fall - and he can't communicate. Or can he?
'When we see the brain we realize that we are, on one level, no more than meat; and on another, no more than fiction.' Paul Broks, Into the Silent Land
Opening: I'm not most kids. I'm Louis Drax. Stuff happens to me that shouldn't happen, like going on a picnic where you drown.
Place Frères Lumières, Lyon
With an opening line like that, this should be a great read...
...and it was. WOW. This reaches the taut level that
and Night Film
tried for and failed, for all their high page count and gimmicks.
4.5* (the Dr became a little annoying) upped to 5*
P.26 There are times when the mistral can drive you mad.
P.149: Id'like to be an arsonist one day. I could kill all my enemies.
4* The Rapture
4* The Uninvited
TR Ark Baby
TR My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time
5* The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
Trivia: Liz Jensen is married to author Carsten Jensen:
5* We, The Drowned
3* I Have Seen the World Begin