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The Daydreamer (Anglais) Broché – 18 janvier 2000

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As each chapter of The Daydreamer was completed, I read it aloud to my children.  The arrangement was simple.  They got the latest installment of what we called the 'Peter stories', and I took away some useful editorial content.  This pleasant, almost ritualistic exchange in turn affected the writing 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 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 fresh 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 entusiasm was a little overstated, even desperate.  'Swallows and Amazons? Beatrix Potter? Marvellous books!'  Do we really mean it, do we really still enjoy them, or are we speaking up for, and keeping the lines open to, our lost, nearly forgotten selves?  When exactly did you last curl up alone with The Swiss Family Robinson?

What we like about children's books is our children's pleasure in them, and this is less to do with literature and more to do with love.  Early on in writing and reading aloud The Daydreamer I began to think it might be better to forget about our mighty tradition of children's literature and to write a book for adults about a child in a language that children could understand.  In the century of Hemingway and Calvino simple prose need not deter the sophisticated reader.  I hoped the subject matter -- the imagination itself -- was one in which anyone who picks up a book has a stake.  Similarly, transformation has been a theme, almost an obsession, in all literatures.  The Daydreamer was published in an 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 dedicate 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 a children's library, or die in oblivion, but for the moment I'm still hoping it might give some pleasure all round.

Ian McEwan

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  • Broché: 160 pages
  • Editeur : Anchor; Édition : Reprint (18 janvier 2000)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0385498055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385498050
  • Dimensions du produit: 13 x 1 x 20,3 cm
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Par Nellyes COMMENTATEUR DU HALL D'HONNEUR le 10 novembre 2006
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C'est comme ça que Freud a traité l'Ostraenenie ou defamiliarisation ou encore The Uncanny pour les anglicistes. Certes ce livre est plus un livre pour enfant de par son histoire mais ayant traité un extrait pour illuster le uncanny en première année d'anglais j'ai acheté le livre entier et l'ai enfin lu pour le plaisir, il est excellent et je le conseille à tout le monde.... C'est l'histoire de Peter Fortune, son père, sa mère, sa soeur Kate... Peter est un daydreamer, traduisons ça par un rêveur de journé!!! C'est comme ça que nous le présente son auteur Ian McEwan dans le prologue (Introducing Peter)... Puis il va nous entraîner dans ses aventures, il va successivement se transformer en victime des poupées de sa soeur (alors qu'ils partagent toujours la même chambre, Chapter One) Prendre la place de son vieux chat Williams pour défendre son territoire (Chapter Two)faire disparaitre ses parents (Chapter Three Vanishing Cream)calmer la petite terreur de l'école (Capter Four The Bully)découvrir le voleur du quartier (The Burglar Chapter Five)Prendre la place du bébé de sa tante (Chapter Six The Baby)et enfin devenir adulte le temps d'un baiser avec Gwendoline (Chapter Seven The Grown Up).... Ce livre est un vrai petit régal, je vous le conseille version française ( Le Rêveur Folio Junior)car il est parfait pour enfants et très agréables pour adultes, mettez-vous donc à l'anglais, génial!!!!!
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If you were ever ten... 3 avril 2003
Par EA Solinas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Children have vivid imaginations, and the weird fantasies of a child are some of the most striking that a person can have. Ian McEwan's "Daydreamer" is one of those rare novels that kids and adults will enoy, though for very different reasons.
Ten-year-old Peter Fortune is supposedly a "difficult" boy, even though he's well-behaved and kind. That's only because he's a quiet loner -- he doesn't mind being around other people, but he prefers to withdraw into his vivid daydreams. When he and his sister fight and he receives his own room, an evil doll leads the other dolls to attack him. When an elderly cat is bullied by a younger cat, Peter becomes the cat for a day. He rubs vanishing cream on his family. He switches bodies with Kenneth, a wobbly toddler who tries to eat everything. He encounters a mystery burglar who has been robbing houses on his street. And he dreams of being an adult.
McEwan's books are usually much darker than "Daydreamer," but this book doesn't seem lightweight or dumbed-down. It's less like a novel than a series of seven interconnected short stories, each focusing on Peter and how reality shapes his daydreams. McEwan's writing is dreamy but realistic, and often very funny (such as Peter's reaction when he finds himself in Kenneth's baby body).
There's nothing objectionable in this book, and McEwan tinges the few frightening images with humor (when the dolls pull off one of Peter's limbs, he yells, "Hey, give those back!"). Kids will probably enjoy reading about Peter's daydreams, especially if they imagine such vivid things themselves. And adults may like getting a glimpse back in time of when they were able to dream that way. Peter has the purity of a child, knowing that a cat has a soul and feeling sorry for a bully he reduced to tears.
If you ever had weird, now-seeming-ridiculous fantasies (or if you still do -- not everybody stops!), then this book will bring a smile to your face.
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Transcendent. 16 avril 2005
Par M. McCarthy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
My 11-year-old son and I listened to an audiotape of this book on a lengthy drive; we were rapt. My son, also a fantastical daydreamer, absolutely identified with the main character. Contrary to what some of the other reviewers reported, we found the stories extremely inventive and gripping. I found the final story about falling in love especially poignant and lovely. This book is written for children yet possesses good vocabulary and McEwan's incisive writing style. He does not dumb down the language nor the content for children. I recommend this book highly, and especially recommend the audiotape version--the narrator's reading is excellent.
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How do you get your child to read more? 29 novembre 1999
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Format: Relié
Buy him books like this! My 11 year-old son loved this book so much, he insisted that I read it, too. I'm glad I did; it's a lovely collection of stories about the vivid fantasy life of a young boy. Like many children, he often wishes to be other than he is - an adult, a baby, a hero. Our favorite story was the one in which the boy becomes his cat. This is a wonderful, thought-provoking book for children and adults, perfect for reading together.
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Great Read-aloud and a classic! 24 novembre 2001
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Format: Broché
I bought this book, thinking that my oldest daughter who is 11 would like to read it. When I got it, I read it before her and found it wonderfully funny and easy to relate to. I love to read aloud to my children, and since each chapter is a short story or adventure in Peter's life, I decided it would be a great book to read before bedtime each night. My girls absolutely loved it and laughed out loud at Peter's adventures. They asked me to read it to their respective classes, and I did to my 4th grader's class. They got so attached to Peter that when I read his last story, they asked me if I could start over and read it to them again. Peter had become their best friend, someone who fullfilled their fantasies. A must for every parent, especially if your child is a daydreamer.
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the daydreamer- ian mcewan 20 juillet 2005
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although it is simple to read, the daydreamer proved very interesting. McEwan uses peter to show the ciacological changes and ideas we all go through and have. it really is about putting yourself in other peoples shoes and experiencing what it is like to be them. peters ideas and thoughts bring the book alive and really show what it is like to be a 10 year old boy growing up. it made me think about what i was like when i was 10 and the way i behaved.you have to really think about what the book is about and its meaning. i found it very interesting discussing the book and other peoples views on it. i really enjoyed it. it is well worth reading.
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