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This review is from: The Republic of Trees (Paperback)
This is the tale of 4 adolescent children who, living in France, decide to run away into the forest and live their lives according to The Social Contract by philospher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Initially, things are fine and our protagonist Michael falls for the sexually provocative Isobel. But having an 'adult' relationship (the first for youngest Michael) in the company of what are basically children, with competing jealousies, and grabbing at power in the creation of their new world order. Alcohol begins to play accomplice to the children's evolving personalities and it is not long before utopia turns nasty. Predictably, an horrific ending ensues.
Talyor is a very good, natural writer and while you are initially in tune with Michael, the change that takes place in him and all the children turns the reader very cold against all. Some lovely lines, for example my favourite "At school...you learn to see the bars of your cage" really summed up how I felt about primary school.
Very good novel, obviously going to be compared to Lord of the Flies, but still worth a read in it's own right.