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Daydreamer by Ian McEwan
Book DescriptionIn these seven interlinked stories the grown-up Peter reveals the secret journeys, metamorphoses and adventures of his childhood. Living somewhere between dream and reality Peter experiences magical transformations when he swaps bodies with William, the family cat, the baby Kenneth and, in the final story, wakes up as a twelve-year-old inside a grown-up body and experiences the adventure of falling in love.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099590613
(198mm x 129mm x 10mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ian McEwan
Amsterdam, Paperback / softback (October 2015)
Molly Lane dies at the age of 46. The book begins with her funeral, with the most important men of her life among the mourners: eminent composer Clive; newspaper editor Vernon, her billionaire husband George, and Julian, a well known right-wing politician and current candidate for Prime Minister. A blistering, cynical and sarcastic fable.
Operacion Dulce, Paperback / softback (July 2015)» View all books by Ian McEwan
It is 1972 in England. During the Cold War the student Serena Frome is enlisted by the MI5 in Cambridge. From now on her life will change and nothing will be what it seems. This is a story of espionage, a thriller that confronts loyalty and betrayal, honesty and deceit, fiction and real life.
US Kirkus Review » Adults think that Peter Fortune is a difficult child because he sits by himself and stares into space. But, except for resultant absentmindedness, like forgetting his little sister on a bus, Peter's daydreams are usually harmless flights of fancy. The Daydreamer includes seven of these flights and four of them - "The Dolls," "The Cat," "The Baby," and "The Grown-Up" - are metamorphosis experiences. "The Cat" is a beautiful story that tells of Peter's spirit climbing into the body of his old house cat, William. While in William's body, Peter experiences life as a cat and fights William's last territorial battle for him. Some of Peter's other experiences are less benign. For example, many children flirt with the idea of making their families disappear, but the way Peter goes about it in "Vanishing Cream" is rather gruesome. And when Peter verbally defeats the school bully in "The Bully," Peter himself acknowledges that his words are unduly harsh. Although McEwan presents Peter as a sweet introvert, Peter proves himself to be far from that. Novelist McEwan's first book for children contains some magical moments but is marred by being often repetitive and occasionally mean-spirited. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan has written two collections of stories, First Love, Last Rites, and In Between the Sheets, and nine novels, The Cement Garden, The Comfort of Strangers, The Child in Time, The Innocent, Black Dogs, The Daydreamer, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, winner of the 1998 Booker Prize, and, most recently, Atonement. He has also written several film scripts, including The Imitation Game, The Ploughman's Lunch, Sour Sweet, The Good Son and The Innocent.
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