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How I Live Now [Format Kindle]

Meg Rosoff
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Possibly one of the most talked about books of the year, Meg Rosoff's novel for young adults is the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2004. Heralded by some as the next best adult crossover novel since Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, who himself has given the book a thunderously good quote, this author's debut is undoubtedly stylish, readable and fascinating.

Rosoff's story begins in modern day London, slightly in the future, and as its heroine has a 15-year-old Manhattanite called Daisy. She's picked up at the airport by Edmond, her English cousin, a boy in whose life she is destined to become intricately entwined. Daisy stays at her Aunt Penn's country farmhouse for the summer with Edmond and her other cousins. They spend some idyllic weeks together--often alone with Aunt Penn away travelling in Norway. Daisy's cousins seem to have an almost telepathic bond, and Daisy is mesmerized by Edmond and soon falls in love with him.

But their world changes forever when an unnamed aggressor invades England and begins a years-long occupation. Daisy and Edmond are separated when soldiers take over their home, and Daisy and Piper, her younger cousin, must travel to another place to work. Their experiences of occupation are never kind and Daisy's pain, living without Edmond, is tangible.

Rosoff's writing style is both brilliant and frustrating. Her descriptions are wonderful, as is her ability to portray the emotions of her characters. However, her long sentences and total lack of punctuation for dialogue can be exhausting. Her narrative is deeply engaging and yet a bit unbelievable. The end of the book is dramatic, but too sudden. The book has a raw, unfinished feel about it, yet that somehow adds to the experience of reading it. (Age 14 and over) --John McLay



My name is Elizabeth but no one’s ever called me that. My father took one look at me when I was born and must have thought I had the face of someone dignified and sad like an old-fashioned queen or a dead person, but what I turned out like is plain, not much there to notice. Even my life so far has been plain. More Daisy than Elizabeth from the word go.

But the summer I went to England to stay with my cousins everything changed. Part of that was because of the war, which supposedly changed lots of things, but I can’t remember much about life before the war anyway so it doesn’t count in my book, which this is.

Mostly everything changed because of Edmond.

And so here’s what happened.


I’m coming off this plane, and I’ll tell you why that is later, and landing at London airport and I’m looking around for a middle-aged kind of woman who I’ve seen in pictures who’s my Aunt Penn. The photographs are out of date, but she looked like the type who would wear a big necklace and flat shoes, and maybe some kind of narrow dress in black or gray. But I’m just guessing since the pictures only showed her face.

Anyway, I’m looking and looking and everyone’s leaving and there’s no signal on my phone and I’m thinking Oh great, I’m going to be abandoned at the airport so that’s two countries they don’t want me in, when I notice everyone’s gone except this kid who comes up to me and says You must be Daisy. And when I look relieved he does too and says I’m Edmond.

Hello Edmond, I said, nice to meet you, and I look at him hard to try to get a feel for what my new life with my cousins might be like.

Now let me tell you what he looks like before I forget because it’s not exactly what you’d expect from your average fourteen-year-old what with the CIGARETTE and hair that looked like he cut it himself with a hatchet in the dead of night, but aside from that he’s exactly like some kind of mutt, you know the ones you see at the dog shelter who are kind of hopeful and sweet and put their nose straight into your hand when they meet you with a certain kind of dignity and you know from that second that you’re going to take him home? Well that’s him.

Only he took me home.

I’ll take your bag, he said, and even though he’s about half a mile shorter than me and has arms about as thick as a dog leg, he grabs my bag, and I grab it back and say Where’s your mom, is she in the car?

And he smiles and takes a drag on his cigarette, which even though I know smoking kills and all that, I think is a little bit cool, but maybe all the kids in England smoke cigarettes? I don’t say anything in case it’s a well-known fact that the smoking age in England is something like twelve and by making a big thing about it I’ll end up looking like an idiot when I’ve barely been here five minutes. Anyway, he says Mum couldn’t come to the airport cause she’s working and it’s not worth anyone’s life to interrupt her while she’s working, and everyone else seemed to be somewhere else, so I drove here myself.

I looked at him funny then.

You drove here yourself? You DROVE HERE yourself? Yeah well and I’M the Duchess of Panama’s Private Secretary.

And then he gave a little shrug and a little dog-shelter-dog kind of tilt of his head and he pointed at a falling-apart black jeep and he opened the door by reaching in through the window which was open, and pulling the handle up and yanking. He threw my bag in the back, though more like pushed it in, because it was pretty heavy, and then said Get in Cousin Daisy, and there was nothing else I could think of to do so I got in.

I’m still trying to get my head around all this when instead of following the signs that say Exit he turns the car up onto this grass and then drives across to a sign that says Do Not Enter and of course he Enters and then he jogs left across a ditch and suddenly we’re out on the highway.

Can you believe they charge £13.50 just to park there for an hour? he says to me.

Well to be fair, there is no way I’m believing any of this, being driven along on the wrong side of the road by this skinny kid dragging on a cigarette and let’s face it who wouldn’t be thinking what a weird place England is.

And then he looked at me again in his funny doggy way, and he said You’ll get used to it. Which was strange too, because I hadn’t said anything out loud.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1165 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 228 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0141318015
  • Editeur : Penguin; Édition : Re-issue (30 juin 2005)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002RI97HK
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Un livre multi-générationnel 6 septembre 2013
Par Pauline
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Un livre à classer dans la catégorie livres pour ados, certes, mais qui est bien plus que cela.
Le roman est du seul point de vu de Daisy, une jeune américaine envoyée par son père et sa méchante belle-mère, passer l'été chez ses cousins dans la campagne anglaise.
Le récit qui est de sa seule et unique vision peut être assez déroutant par un lecteur habitué à des dialogues. Il n'y a pratiquement aucun dialogue, car comme c'est Daisy qui raconte l'histoire, elle les intégre dans son dicours.

L'écriture est simple et les fait exposés sont ceux d'une ado de 16 ans. Mais au fur et à mesure des évènements le langage de Daisy et sa vision des choses se développe.
Au début elle n'est qu'une ado en pleine crise contre son père, qui se retrouve coincée au beau milieu de nulle part avec des cousins qu'elle ne connaitt à peine. Elle souffre aussi d'anorexie, même si le mot en question ne sera jamais prononcé par elle ou par un des autres personnages.

J'aime ici le fait que l'on voit la guerre du point de vu de cette ado, qui ne comprend pas vraiment le pourquoi du comment. Elle doit s'adapter : au début à l'annonce et au faite qu'elle ne rentrera peut être jamais aux USA, puis au pénuries que la guerre cause, et enfin au départ d'elle et Piper ( la plus petite de la fraterie de cousin).
C'est cette séparation qu'elle va connaitre, qui va la faire changer et lui faire comprendre qu'elle n'est plus dans le cocon de la ferme de ses cousins, mais que la guerre et belle et bien là.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must read - un chef d'oeuvre 4 mars 2014
Par Emilie
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The book has been a favorite of mine for years. I read it when it was published and back then I barely spoke English and it was very easy to read, but still deep and moving.

J'ai absolument adoré ce livre que j'ai lu dès sa sortie en langue originale. Je parlais à peine anglais à l'époque, mais j'avais réussi à le lire sans trop de difficultés. Très facile d'accès, mais pas un livre de bas étage non plus. Une écriture magnifique, une histoire vraiment touchante. Un bon livre, vraiment.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A beautiful book 23 avril 2009
A brilliant book, poetic and powerful. The story of two persons that can communicate without speaking. Sounds interesting? But there's more to this story than the communion between two teenagers. The style is fresh and lively and the themes are both universal and unique in this book that will remain with you long after you've put it down.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 enjoyable unusual book 1 juin 2014
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Very enjoyable read unusual story well written and good flow to it, easy to pick up the story between reading sessions.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I can't stop thinking about this book 10 août 2005
Par J. Christenbury - Publié sur
It's been at least two months since I read How I Live Now, and I still think about it almost daily. I'm definitely an adult - in fact, I have a master's degree in English - and this is one of the most thought-provoking books I've ever read.

Briefly, the plot:

Daisy, our narrator, is not a very admirable character when the novel begins. Sent to rural England to live with her deceased mother's family, Daisy is at first shocked at the conditions of life with her aunt's large family.

Soon after Daisy arrives, her aunt must go on an emergency trip to help with peace negotiations, leaving her children and Daisy alone. Thus begins an idyllic summer - the group at the farm is aware a military force has taken over the country, but specifics are hard to come by, and life goes on as normal in their corner of the world, so by and large they ignore the crisis. With no telephone, no internet, no television or radio, the kids come to enjoy their isolation and Daisy begins a sexual relationship with her cousin Edmond.

The world won't stay away forever, though. Eventually military forces arrive and take the children to allegedly "safe" places, separating the boys and the girls.

Daisy's devastation at losing contact with Edmond fades quickly once she realizes that the war, if that is indeed what it is, has closed in around her and presents a real, personal threat.

Daisy and her young cousin Piper eventually make their way back home, and Daisy leaves the country to return to America through her father's subterfuge. But what she has seen has scarred her forever, and draws her back to the rural English farm.

We also see how quickly war turns children into adults. By novel's end, whiny, spoiled Daisy has become an adult who makes mature decisions. The vivid, live-life-out-loud Edmond has witnessed intense atrocities and drawn into himself like a shell-shocked vet from World War I. There's no time for fantasies and dreams anymore, there's only real life and the imperative to get on with it.

Where it shines:

Despite its twists and turns, the plot takes a back seat in How I Live Now. What struck me, and what has stayed with me, are the details of life during one of our new-fangled post-9/11 wars. Surely this is what that life would be like - No reliable means of contact with the outside world, no trustworthy sources of information, not even knowing who the "enemy" is. What do they believe in? Why are they doing, umm, whatever it is they're doing? Does it matter if the uniformed man walking along the road is one of "us" or one of "them"? Is it safe to let him see you, no matter which side he's on? Not being able to know these things didn't disturb the characters nearly as much as it disturbed me.

How I Live Now left me shaken; I keep trying to tell friends the story so I can illustrate a point with it: How do we know what we know? If we hear a radio address by George Bush, we take it for granted that it is George Bush himself delivering it, despite the fact that numerous stand-up comedians can sound just like him. Or maybe it is him, but someone is holding a gun to his head. If we see him on television speaking, again we take it for granted that it's really our president, when we ought to know by now that there are body doubles aplenty.

I'm not implying that the U.S. has been taken over by some outside element that is either impersonating President Bush or forcing him to act according to their dictates, but if they were, how would we know?

That's what I'm left with after reading How I Live Now.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A deep, well-done read. 22 mai 2005
Par Tamela Mccann - Publié sur
This is the story of Daisy, a fifteen year old who goes to England to live with her cousins in the not-too-distant future. It is not giving anything away to say that Daisy begins a love affair with her cousin Edmond, but all their lives are changed as a war breaks out and England becomes an occupied state. At first the kids are self-sufficient and untouched by the horrors, but as the story develops, shades of World War 2 begin to overcome them as they face separation, deprivation, and ultimate loss. Daisy speaks in a believable voice that takes you into her soul and makes you feel what she does. This one is highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Dystopian Utopia 30 mars 2007
Par Pasiphae - Publié sur
This book is told in the smartmouthed voice of an American teenager named Daisy who is stranded in England with her cousins (three teen boys and a younger girl named Piper) when the Bad Thing happens. There is a bomb, there are more bombs, there is an occupation by unnamed foreigners, there is a resistance, but what there is, mostly, is a huge radio silence. Little tv, no cell phones, no internet, and finally, no electricity.

Daisy is bleak and funny. Daisy's cousins are homeschooled, self-sufficient and psychic, and they get on with the business of survival. There is love and sex, but nothing graphic, and Daisy wrestles with the morality of what she's doing, which I think is a refreshing aspect to bring to a YA book.

As a work of fiction, this book is beautifully characterized, with an odd, beautiful family at its center. Even in hard wartime conditions, the humanity of the characters remains. Soldiers kill out of fear, not hatred. Mothers grieve, fathers try to fix things, there are kind soldiers who treasure the innocence of children rather than brutalizing it. There are good dogs. None of it is as treacle as I make it sound. It's a difficult story and Daisy, the narrating character, is one tough, messed-up girl. But like Children of Men, this book offers recognizable humanity, and some hope.

I'm not sure how 12 year-old would respond to a story this bleak, but I love it, all my kids love it (17 and up) and I recommend it highly.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A YA book I couldn't put it down 26 janvier 2005
Par Reader - Publié sur
Told from the unforgettable point of view of a 15-year-old girl called Daisy, Meg Rosoff's HOW I LIVE NOW is a compelling debut novel that has much more meat on its bones than its narrator (who suffers from anorexia). Daisy is sent to England, war breaks out, and she and her cousins -- some of whom can read her mind -- are left without adult supervision. Daisy and her cousin Edmond fall in love, then are separated for the duration of the occupation, and they maintain a kind of pychic connection until something terrible happens to break it.

This is the kind of book you can't put down, one you wish would never end. Some people may quibble over Daisy's rambling thoughts. The sentences are long and the author and editor obviously didn't think punctuation essential. But Daisy's voice comes to you right as if she is talking and thinking, true and real and heartbreaking.

I highly recommend this book to both teens and adults.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 How I Live Now 30 janvier 2006
Par Emma L. Bainbridge - Publié sur
This book is a set text on a Creative Writing course. I read it not knowing what to expect and thought it was an incredible piece of writing. The tone, style and narrative structure is brilliant. I became a 15 year old again, living through the angst and joy in Daisy's life. Her interaction with the reader and carefully careless turn of phrase sets this novel apart as something truly special. I didn't realise it was a book for children until I read the credits on the back. I would consider this a much more accomplished text than the 'Curious Incident' and more persuasively teenage in its narration. You should read this book
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