(PDF/EPUB) [The Tightrope Walkers] Ý David Almond

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  • The Tightrope Walkers
  • David Almond
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  • 21 January 2019
  • 9780763673109

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Free download Ô The Tightrope Walkers ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook The eccentric girl artist next door Holly Stroud his first and abiding love to balance above the earth on a makeshift tightrope With Holly Dom dreams of a life different in every way from his shipbuilder dad’s a life fashioned of words and images and story On the other hand he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the brutal charms of V. Now this was interesting I read this along with The Ghosts of Heaven for my book club and was really looking forward to The Ghosts of Heaven because I had loved Midwinterblood by Sedgwick while this book I was cautious about since I had read Almond s Skellig and hadn t cared for it at all Yet I ended up feeling kinda mixed about TGoH and really enjoyed The Tightrope WalkersI think the lack of magical realism in this unlike Skellig was a part of it although the Jack character really reminded me of the character Skellig But I also loved Almond s writing and was surprised how uickly I read the book When I would read I felt I was in Tyneside I could almost smell the shipyard I came to care for each of the characters even Vincent McAlinden The part that really struck a chord with me was when his mom becomes ill view spoiler I knew I knew she was going to die and just reading about it I imagined it as my own mother She had a somewhat similar decline and I could see feel her in those pages It was already late at night but I had to keep reading through that section had to witness how it played out It s been exactly a year since my mom passed away and it hadn t hit me that hard in awhile After reading those chapters I put the book down and sobbed I knew how he felt I connected to how afterward both him and his father lose their faith and have anger with God It was all beautifully and perfectly written hide spoiler

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Free download Ô The Tightrope Walkers ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook International award winner David Almond draws on memories of his early years in Tyneside England for a moving coming of age novel masterfully toldA gentle visionary coming of age in the shadow of the shipyards of northern England Dominic Hall is torn between extremes On the one hand he craves the freedom he feels when he steals away with. I was born in a hovel on the banks of the Tyne as so many of us were back then This is the second novel that I ve read by David Almond and also his second novel for adult readers The first one which I read by him was Kit s Wilderness which was a beautifully written coming of age story with suggestions of fantasy set in northern England Despite being marketed for younger audiences I thought that the book can and should be read by adults as well I have truly enjoyed it and went into The Tightrope Walkers with high expectationsInterestingly enough this is actually the book via which I discovered David Almond I have read about it in The Guardian where another author can t remember the name mentioned it as an example of a novel in which the prose really stood out and the language conveyed the essence of time and place meaning the English northeast The novel was highly praised for its achievement in this regard and I intended to read it first but then I discovered Kit s Wilderness which stole my attention and made me even eager to read this book Like Kit s Wilderness The Tightrope Walkers is also set in the town of Tyneside in northern England also based on the author s hometown of Newcastle The book is also a bildungsroman though in this case the suggestion of fantasy and supernatural is entirely absent The story is concerned with and narrated by Dominic Hall a young boy who grows up in a new housing estate in a city dominated by shipbuilding his father is a shipyard worker and most of his neighbor s work in the shipyards in one form of another Dominic s family lives a rather modest existence and the children of the estate struggle to find moments of happiness by playing together and having dreams Dominic dreams of becoming a writer He becomes friends with Holly Stroud a draughtsman s daughter who also dreams of a different life and wants them both to learn to walk on a tightrope But there s another figure which begins to influence Dominic s life and choices the mysterious and brooding bully Vincent McAlinden who possesses a dark charisma to which Dominic is growing and attracted to despite not being able to understand it The tightrope is of course a metaphor for the situation in which Dominic finds himself in he must carefully walk between two major influences which aim to shape his character Throughout the novel Dominic literally and figuratively walks on this tightrope trying to maintain his balance and not suffer a painful fall The choices are pretty clear Holly is the light innocent hopeful and dreamy whereas Vincent is the dark brooding scary and cruel Besides their morality there s also another aspect to these two characters they represent two different social classes Holly s father is a draughtsman who can afford good wine and whose daughter can afford to have dreams whereas McAlinden comes from a very poor broken and downtrodden family which is struggling to survive As Dominic struggles with the nature of his own self and the forces that shape it I felt that similar interest could have been given to the characters of McAlinden and Holly to see how their surrounding and social conditions have shaped them But this never really happens we are introduced to the characters are they are and their backgrounds are presented to us but without much analysis of issues that affect them The class issue is there but it s in the background and the book never really does anything with it though maybe it never aimed to do that in the first placeAs mentioned the language if full of local dialect which works very well in conveying the sense of the setting and time a run down post war English town where most of the people are blue collar industry workers and from which few manage to escape and have to remain under the grey skies and live in the soot laden housing estates throughout all their lives While many undoubtedly dream big only few manage to actually live big and live out their dreams The setting is grim and so can be the book Dominic undergoes major changes in character throughout the book but these changes are often so sudden and truth be told unconvincing that they are hard to believe This is especially evident in the ending which I found to be rather unexpected and disappointingview spoilerDominic and Holly become a couple and have a baby and decide to not go to a university even though they were accepted and instead stay in Tyneside to raise their child with Dominic working a menial job at the shipyard just like his father That both these characters so readily abandoned their dreams with such ease is just disheartening and not what I wished for them hide spoiler

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Free download Ô The Tightrope Walkers ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Incent McAlinden a complex bully who awakens something wild and reckless and killing in Dom In a raw and beautifully crafted bildungsroman David Almond reveals the rich inner world of a boy teetering on the edge of manhood a boy so curious and open to impulse that we fear for him and uestion his balance and ultimately exult in his triump. David Almond is one of my favorite authors Not one of my favorite YA authors One my favorites period His language rich resonant musical with a bass note depth and sonority his characters dark compelling complicated appealing and repelling his sense of place evocative vivid an elemental part of each story and his stories that balance hope and foreboding are among my favorites He is a true master That said I found this a little disappointing After a very strong start where Almond had all of his talent on display and perfectly deployed the story lost its way at the end when things got a little rushed the tight focus on the romantic triangle got hazy and things just sort of drizzled to an ending Now with THAT said this book is still better than a good 85% of what is out there And for those who love Almond you find here the same ualities and brilliance that draw you to all of his work