Doglands – Tim Willocks

Tim Willocks, what a man. This writter is not only a writter, he’s also a doctor and a profesionnal martial art, and we can see it truought his books. We find a part of his personnality in each one of his charaters, wich I admet, is intresting to discover. He worked with Steven Spielberg, and his firts novel has been adapted in a movie. But we are here talking about Doglands, a novel that brought him « la Pépite du Roman » in Europe for the teen section in 2012.

Doglands is his first novel for the children and teens, he wrote it in 2011 and it was published in 2012 by Syros in France. This books talks about a dog that is supposed to run for his masters. But he’s not the right breed so, he have to run away and abandon his mother. He brings his sister and his brother with him, and the story is basically about his travel to find the « doglands », a place where every dog is happy, a sort of heaven if you want. Poetic right ?

But the intresting thing about this book is the way the writter… write. Let me explain : the way the story is related, it seems that the dog speak. We see everything like this dog and we understand like him, everything is explain as if it was a dog that explain it to us. Get it ? That’s quite twisted, but to understand clearly, the only thing I have to say is : read it, as always. And as always, the end is cute, I wasn’t expecting that, could be better, but well, the whole book is plaisant so, we forgive the end.

Just, read it.

L’enfant sauvage or The Wild Child – T.C Boyle

French title ? I know, weird for an american witer, that’s what I thought when I read it for the first time. I studed it for my first second year in high school. First I wasn’t exited about reading that kind of book, the story wasn’t intresting in my opinion, but I was glad that it’s a small book, so I studed it with more or less enthusiasm. I understood why the title was in french, the story takes place in France actualy, but then we learn that there is two title, I don’t know why, the author is quite peculiar. The story takes place in Aveyron in Langudoc, that’s might be a reason.

Basically that’s the story of a child that lived in a forest for his entire life until a hunter find him in, arond 9 or 10 years old. Then a psychologiste take him to Paris and try to educate him until his 19/20 years old. We understand it quickly so I think that I can say it, the child is autistic. So the doctor can’t really do anything, in his case that’s difficult and he tried a lot of possibilities to nurture him.

Honestly, this book is really good. Even me I was touched by the end, some passages are satisfying because he finally succeed in something (we are talking about saying « milk » in front of a glass of milk for the fist time at 17 years old), but some others are ruthless and grievous… But, well, we love the feel of pain in our heart so, let’s read it. It’s kind of funny in certain passages.

Flowers for Algernon

I’m sure you’ve seen a person like this, at least one day in your life. You know, a person that seems to be normal, this person look banal, speak normaly at first, but when you talk a little bit longer with him, you know, you feel that there is something wron with this person. He speak about thing that you don’t anderstand, or when you speak, this person seems shy or exciting for everything and nothing. You are touched by this person, because you know that he doesn’t anderstand what he’s doing, wrong or right, but some others are nasty, and it hurts you, maybe you are angry or disgust, because people laught at a person that don’t anderstand, don’t know, this person. In a way this person is not responsible for what he did. But sometimes, you can’t restrain yourself, you laught with them. The only thing you hope for the mentally disabled, is that he becames sound of mind. You now that’s impossible for some cases, but you hope.

Well, that what you feel when you read this book. Flowers for Algernon is not an easy book to read. At every moment, you hope for the main character, Charlie Gordon, to evolve and succeed, or defend himself. No spoil but… sad story. In short, this story relate a small part of the life of Charlie but not least : the part when he becomes the subject of a psychological experiment which aims to make him became « smart ». So because he have to maintain a personal dairy, we read his evolution through his eyes. You will know later if you decide to read the book, why it’s cruel.

In this book, Daniel Keyes, the author of this science fiction novel, expresses the cruality of this world. He was an university psychology researcher and he also wrote The minds of Billy Milligan, The Milligan wars and The asylum prophecies, to develop his works he wrote some other books, like complementary works, one for the story of Algernon, and an other for Milligan. He was born in 1927 and died in 2014, so we can easily say that it’s a modern novel and a coeval author.

I couldn’t have read the stories of his second character yet, but when I will have enough time I will do it, because his first character really touched me, I don’t want to spoil you the end, but as Of Mice and Men that’s a very hard story to read and really sad,  we learn a lot at the end.

In my opinion, this kind of books open the mind of the teenagers or the adultes, wich is important for the future of our society.

Of Mice and Men.

John Steinbeck. Famous for writting, knwon primarily for Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath, he wrote also Torillia Flat, In Dubious Battle, The Pearl, East of Eden  and Travels with Charley and twenty other books less knwon. Born in February 27 1902, he dided in December 20 1968, he was a American with German and Irish origines, at his young age he begin to love books by his teacher, and it can naturaly for him to writte.

Of Mice and Men, is a novel which deal with the povrety and the economical situation in United State at the 20th century. We follow Lennie and George the to main characters of the story, working on a farm for earn money and then have a house together, to live for themselves. The problem is that, Lennie, is a very nice boy, totaly harmless, but his defective, and don’t know the difrence beteween good and bad. He know by the facial expression of George if he did something wrong or not, but can’t real know by himself. So, because of this, he have a lot of problems because of his strength and, George have to protect him, legally speaking.

I don’t want to tell you the end, even if it’s kind of predictable, personally I was touched. In this book certain passages are very hard and without mercy for the reader, at the contrary, some are sweet, they give hope for the future of our heros. Steinbeck writte almost as if we were in a movie. We only have description and almost no emotions are descibed. But, even with that kind of writing, we feel every feelings that Steinbeck want us to feel.

After the novel, there have been many adaptations. Two cinematographic, two TV movies, , and five drama shows. I tried the movie directied by Gary Sinise in 1992, with Gary Sinise as George and John Malkovich as Lennie. But, honsetly, just read the book, I say that for a lot of movies inspired by a novel, but here, the book was really better. Even if the movie wasn’t that bad, if you read the book before, don’t watch the movie, you’ll be disappointed.

J.K Rowling, Harry Potter.

I want to talk you about a wonderfull story, that I discover in 1997 (6 june 1997 more precisely, that’s the real release date in fact). Of course, I’m talking about the gorgeous, the amazing.. : “Harry Potter” and only one, all the books af the saga, written by the perfect Joanne Rowling, more better know as J. K. Rowling. I guess that I need to tell the big of the story, to show you how it’s an awesome story.

Harry Potter the main character, lives with his oncle’s family, because his parents are dead (poor boy !). One day he discovers by the way of a giant man, that he’s a wizard. Then he discovers a new fantastic world, the wizarding world. So of course to become a wizard he need to learn magie and go to school, Hogward (who’s the best school ever). He meets friends, and discovers (one more time) the real death of his parents : murder by a black and evil mage named Voldemort. Then Voldemort, formerly eliminated come back and Harry must fight him to save the entire world (muggle and wizard wolrd).

Behind this story, there’s a entire world to discern for the reader, a community, Rowling hasn’t just created a story she has invented spells, rituals, and an entie univer. I suppose that you’ve seen the movies, but I real encourage you to read the book, they’re very much more intresting and detailed. 

Then, just in case, if you want to accompanied your reading and be in the ambience : theme song of HP