The Daydreamer

The Daydreamer

Ian McEwan

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 0385498055

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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.

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illustrated edition for children in Britain and the United States, and in a more sober adult form in various other countries. There was once a tradition by which authors dedicated their books to the fates, rather in the manner of a parent sending a child out into the world. ‘Goe littel booke …’ This one may well settle down after all for a quiet life in a corner of the children’s library, or die in oblivion, but for the moment I’m still hoping it might give some pleasure all round. Ian

conclusion was that there were two reasons for Barry’s success. The first was that he seemed to be able to move in the quickest way between wanting something and having it. If you were in the playground with a toy and Barry Tamerlane liked the look of it, he simply wrenched it from your hands. If he needed a pencil in class, he just turned around and ‘borrowed’ yours. If there was a queue he would walk right to the front of it. If he was angry with you he said so and then hit you very hard. The

soap, my precious soap!’ ‘I’m glad he took that stinking stick,’ Peter said to Kate after Mrs Goodgame had left. ‘I hope that burglar breaks it over his knee.’ Kate nodded fiercely. ‘I wish he had taken her teeth!’ The fact was that Mrs Goodgame, even though she had a name that made her sound fun, was not liked by the children in the street. She was one of those rare unhappy grown-ups who are profoundly irritated by the fact that children exist. When they played out, she shouted at them from

itself, in that I became more than usually attentive to the sound of an adult voice speaking each sentence. This adult was not, or not simply, me. Alone in my study, I read aloud passages to an imaginary child (not quite, or not only, one of mine) on behalf of this imaginary adult. Ear and tongue, I wanted to please them both. The child’s needs I thought I knew instinctively: a good tale above all, a sympathetic hero, villains yes, but not all the time because they are too simplifying, clarity

in the openings, twists in the middle, and satisfying outcomes that were not always happy. For the adult I felt little more than vague sympathy. We all love the idea of bedtime stories – the freshly minted breath, the wide and trustful eyes, the hot water bottle baking down among the clean linen, the sleepy glowing covenant – and who would not have the scene carved upon his headstone? But do adults really like children’s literature? I’ve always thought the enthusiasm was a little overstated, even

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