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A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound Hardcover – 1 Aug 2005

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747572933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747572930
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 1 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Irving is the author of the hugely successful novels A Prayer for Owen Meany and The Hotel New Hampshire amongst others. He has also won an oscar for his script to the film of The Cider House Rules. John divides his time between America and Canada. Tatjana Hauptmann lives in Germany and this is her first book to be published in the UK.


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Anyone wishing to read this children's book should be made aware that it is taken from John Irving's excellent novel 'A Widow For One Year'. In this novel one of the characters is a writer of childrens books which reflect his grief at the deaths of his two teenage sons. The childrens books are richly described in terms of text and illustrations and contribute greatly to giving the reader an insight into the mind of the character. Therefore this book 'A Sound Like Someone Trying Not To Make a Sound' would be appreciated by fans of 'Widow For One Year', but will probably confuse and disturb those who treat it as separate from the original novel.
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As a grandpa to boys of 8 and 6 years of age, I am enjoying a second bout of reading children's books, both to myself and aloud to them. I approached this book with great expectations only to be sadly disappointed. The story is gloomy, humourless and frightening; my criticism is summed up by the tale ending with a frightened 2-year-old left alone and awake all night with horrors induced by his brother and his father. I shall not read this story to children. That it gets any stars at all is due to the splendid illustrations by Tatjana Hauptmann. My wife fully concurs with these opinions.
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It's been pointed out elsewhere that the story in this book has been taken from Irving's novel 'A Widow for One Year'. In the novel, it has been written by a children's author character who has lost his two young sons, and whose marriage is imploding under the weight of grief and blame.
Away from the context of its tragic novel source, this little tale may seem odd and slightly unsettling. Having said which, it's beautifully illustrated and my four year old daughter (who hasn't read the novel!) finds it utterly intriguing, probably because it's different to most kids picture books. I wouldn't agree that it's too disturbing for young minds; if anything, its depiction of children being troubled by their own imaginations may resonate with many youngsters and help to show them how the imagination can play tricks.
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As a stand alone book, without the context of Irving's adult novel, this is a rich and beguiling book for children and adults. It is book that draws many questions from it's reader. The worries that children have when they wake in the night are universal and Irving shows a good appreciation of this. The plot device of not seeing the Father adds to the mystery and generates a series of further questions.
This would be an excellent book to use in Philosophy for Education and for stretching young readers in general. It is beautifully illustrated by Hauptmann: the pictures full of a eerie tension and puzzlement for the reader. The illustrations would be a great stimulus for creative writing for teachers.
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