- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 3 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
- Audible.com Release Date: November 3, 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MFG1CSW
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A Monster Calls
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You know how you come across a book, and after reading it, you feel like EVERYONE needs to read it as well? That is how I felt with this book. As a mother, this book ripped my heart to shreds, and put me in an emotional state as I was reading it to my sons. But it was worth every tear I shed. Guys, if you haven't read this book, Do it! The story, the writing, the illustrations, this book was pure perfection and a total 5 out of 5 stars for me.
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I also loved the prose and look forward to reading more books by Patrick Ness in the future! I loved how this story validated everything that Conor was feeling and the actions he took. This doesn’t mean that Conor always took the best course of action, but the reader can easily see and understand why Conor acts the way he does. Ness did a great job of portraying the desperation Conor felt for life outside of home to resume normally, for school to serve as an escape from his reality at home. This is a powerful story that describes the many feelings that children can feel when experiencing grief and depression, and could be a great tool that helps children from ages 10-14 to understand their own grief when experiencing tragedy.
A must read.
There are some books that are so special to the reader that they are a bit difficult to review. A Monster Calls is one of those. I had to read it all over again - for the third time - before I could write this review.
First of all, don't be fooled by the reviews that say this book speaks about a woman dying of cancer and her relationship with her son.
Yes, it does, but it has much more to it than this, and claiming it is so, diminishes a book full of lessons, morals and ethics. And love.
The sensitiveness, delicacy and openness of spirit of both Patrick Ness and Siohban Dowd, who died of cancer before she could finish the story, make this reading a revealing experience for those who are ready to look beyond the story line.
"A Monster Calls" didn't really surprise me with twists and turns, or with an unexpected end. No. I followed the plot guessing what I would find in the next line. But that didn't make the book less spectacular. Not even a bit.
I know by now that the truth is always hard, no matter how old you are, specially the truth you don't want to acknowledge.
But the unexpectedness and the beauty of this book lies on its way of deconstructing the truth by making we see it, by peeling away slowly the masks of our needed lies and fantasies.
Am I being too cryptic?
Our ego-lies - or ego-denials - to our id-fantasies just make life harder and harder to bear until we can't stand it no more. Either we let them go or they crush us.
Veritas vos liberativ.
Are we ready to know the truth? Are we willing to? What is the price of freedom?
Are we ready for the monster we've called?
Is this a children book? I would hesitate in saying yes. But as children are much wiser than us adults, maybe.
Is it a teenage book? Yes.
Is this a book for adults? Definitively. This book is like an intense therapy session with ourselves.
P.S. 2- I read this on Kindle. It didn't bother me at all to have those illustrations not so perfect. I... hmmm... have a fertile imagination and often prefer the written world than the illustrated one.