- Tapa blanda: 464 páginas
- Editor: Hamish Hamilton (22 de febrero de 2001)
- Colección: Roman
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0241140706
- ISBN-13: 978-0241140703
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Deadkidsongs (Roman) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 22 feb 2001
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Litt's third novel sees him moving away from the studied cool of his previous work. The English countryside in the 1970s substitutes for the glamorous, quirky or violent aspects of modern Britain depicted in Corpsing and Beatniks. The four schoolboys at the centre of the book call themselves "Gang" and spend their time preparing for what they see as the imminent invasion by the Russians as well as arming themselves against the hostile adult world around them. This feeling intensifies after the death of one of the boys, a tragedy which the Gang blames on their families and causes them to seek revenge. Devoid of sentimentality or cuteness, Deadkidsongs conveys the real and imagined fears of childhood in an occasionally affected but ultimately convincing prose style.
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In the tradition of THE CEMENT GARDEN and THE WASP FACTORY, this is a compelling and shocking journey into the dark heart of boyhood, as four boys play war games deep in the English countryside. With the death of one of Gang (as they call themselves), the war games escalate, directed now against the adults they hold responsible for the loss of one of their soldiers. Like Toby Litt's previous novel CORPSING, DEADKIDSONGS is unputdownable, highly original and deeply thought-provoking.Ver Descripción del producto
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Imagine if the Secret Seven and Lord of the Flies had a baby, and that baby hung out at The Wasp Factory and maybe chatted to Stephen King – this book is that baby.
It tells the story of a summer of four friends, known as Gang. Four almost teenager, not yet hitting puberty fully but feeling its edges, boys who think they are little men. Boys with the arrogance of youth and the strength of blind courage. Boys with some screwed up ideas with no adults who are managing to monitor or control them. Boys on a road to devastation and destruction.
As an adult reader I could see where these kids were going, watch them hurtling towards the brick wall of reality, and was unable to stop them, or stop myself reading and wincing.
I don’t want to give away too much but from the blurb it is evident that the four boys are living in the 70s and imagine themselves as future saviours of England from the Ruskies. The book is set mid Cold War so I imagine these kinds of war games were quite common. However, these boys, this Gang, was a perfect storm of parental absences, charismatic peers and general boredom. And bored, disgruntled, parent hating teenagers are a dangerous lot. Add in death, fear and internal bullying and you really do have the setting for some twisted behaviour.
It is also included in the blurb that of the four of them, only two survive. As an adult I was quite shocked at myself hoping for one, and then another, boy to be the one to die. Do the unlikeable deserve to die more than the likable? This is a question raised both in me, through my reactions to the boys, and the book, through their decisions and behaviours.
I was glad to wake in the middle of the night because it meant I could read a few more pages. This book, the first in ages, literally kept me up at night, either reading it or thinking about it.
It is not for the fainthearted, but if you like your stories gritty and real, and unputdownable, then this book is for you.
I think it is brilliant
A very powerful and memorable book, which I recommend to everyone, except those easily upset by deliberate cruelty.