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by David Almond

  • Author: David Almond
  • ISBN: 0375857516
  • ISBN13: 978-0375857515
  • ePub: 1381 kb | FB2: 1726 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Literature & Fiction
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (January 12, 2010)
  • Rating: 4.2/5
  • Votes: 352
  • Format: docx azw txt lit
The Fire-Eaters ePub download

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Home David Almond The Fire-Eaters. Been dreaming that I touch the fire, that I feel nothing, that I'm him. He tilted his head and breathed powerfully out, as if there was a fire roaring from his throat. The fire eaters, . 0. The Fire-Eaters, . I want to learn it from him, he said. To hell with being a builder! He laughed. I want to be a fire-eater! We hauled our discoveries back to the shoreline and heaped them up and flung them high. We worked and sweated and cursed and laughed and I tried to think of nothing but being with Joseph Connor as I'd been with him so many times since I'd been born. There's more to education than reading books and scribbling in books, said Dad. There's ancient battles to be fought. 1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13. I feel that little, I said.

The Fire-Eaters book. David Almond has this spectacular ability to twist the most simplest prose and transform it into a piece of poetic heartfelt wonder and every book of his that I have read has just crawled into a warm nook in my heart and has and will stay there forever and keep me content with everything life throws at me.

David Almond's books often deal with themes of faith and redemption. THE FIRE-EATERS contains both of these elements, along with a reverence for even the most damaged lives. The night when nuclear war is averted, Bobby, his family, McNulty and the neighbors gather on the beach, eating, drinking and trying to spend time together with the people and places they love before the world ends, or changes forever. THE FIRE-EATERS contains a powerful message of hope. The fear of nuclear war, which was at its height during the Cuban Missile Crisis, was for its generation what the fear of terrorism.

David Almond is also winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen award. His major awards include the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, the Michael L Printz Award (USA), Le Prix Sorcières (France) and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. In 2010 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world's most prestigious prize for.

The Fire-Eaters by David Almond 224pp, Hodder, £1. 9. On the Northumberland coast, north of Newcastle, in houses so close to the shore that they are almost one with the dunes, live the Burns, Gower and Spinks families. Robert Burns, the book's now-adult narrator, looks back at the events of one autumn when external forces threaten the end of childhood. The self-righteous savagery of the children's Catholic grammar school can be withstood by family solidarity. But in the face of the other, the family is powerless.

She took me around to the back of the house. There was a wooden shed there. It is a miracle, she said. She carefully inched open the door. She made soothing noises with her breath. Hello, she whispered. At first I saw nothing, then there it was, curled up on a little bed of straw. It was a fawn, no bigger than a baby. Its eyes glowed, reflecting the daylight that fell through the dusty window above it. There was a bowl of milk beside its head. It was dead, she whispered

Электронная книга "The Fire-Eaters", David Almond His first novel for children, Skellig, was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book and appeared on many best book of the year lists.

Электронная книга "The Fire-Eaters", David Almond. Эту книгу можно прочитать в Google Play Книгах на компьютере, а также на устройствах Android и iOS. Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "The Fire-Eaters" для чтения в офлайн-режиме. His first novel for children, Skellig, was a Michael L. His second novel, Kit’s Wilderness, won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature for young adults. David Almond lives in Newcastle, England, with his partner and their daughter.

But darkness seems to be approaching Bobby's life from all sides. Bobby's new school is a cold, cruel place.

Bobby Burns knows he’s a lucky lad. Growing up in sleepy Keely Bay, Bobby is exposed to all manner of wondrous things: stars reflecting off the icy sea, a friend that can heal injured fawns with her dreams, a man who can eat fire. But darkness seems to be approaching Bobby’s life from all sides. Bobby’s new school is a cold, cruel place. His father is suffering from a mysterious illness that threatens to tear his family apart. And the USA and USSR are testing nuclear missiles and creeping closer and closer to a world-engulfing war.Together with his wonder-working friend, Ailsa Spink, and the fire-eating illusionist McNulty, Bobby will learn to believe in miracles that will save the people and place he loves.From the Hardcover edition.
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It is 1962. Robert (Bobby) Burns lives in Keely Bay, not too far from Newcastle in England. The world is gathering to a knot formed by the nuclear build-up between USA and USSR, John F. Kennedy and Kruschev. The potential of world war 3 builds up in the last quarter of the story.

In Newcastle, Bobby meets Mr. McNulty, a fire-eater, an escapologist, who eventually makes his way to Keely Bay. Coincidentally, Bobby’s Dad remembers McNulty from Burma, in 1945 during the war.

Other characters are Ailsa Spink and her family of father and two brothers who bring coal out of the seabed, her mother having recently died. Joseph Connor, a few years older than Bobby, a school-wagger and lout, is Bobby’s oldest friend. Then there’s the new boy, Daniel, and his family. Daniel will go to Sacred Heart as a new boy with Bobby. They’re more educated than the rest of Bobby’s friends.

PTSD is hinted at, but never defined, which makes the telling smoother. There’s illness and survival. There’s miracles like the fawn that Ailsa rescues. There’s bullies like the teachers at Sacred Heart. There’s rebellion, in the world by the nuclear disarmament crowd, and in Keely Bay.

It is a lyrical and emotional story, with some unresolved threads. For example, how Daniel and Bobby resolve the huge differences evident in their bringing up is not really told, other than they are on the same side at school. I didn’t really get how the fire-eating motif related to the nuclear war theme. It is a tale that stays with you.
The greatest testament there is to the power of good writing is the ability it has to tell universal stories in very particular settings. For example, when you think of the author David Almond you pretty much have to think of one place in the world. North-eastern England. Books like "Kit's Wilderness" (one of the greatest children's books ever dreamt up) would be nothing without their location. And the same goes for his particularly ambitious effort, "The Fire-Eaters". This book is set, in his own words in, "a tatty place, a coaly beach by a coaly sea". The characters talk with thick beautiful brogues. Their lives and the lives of their ancestors are rooted to the beaches on which they were born. Yet somehow this book could apply to any human being on any land on this small planet we call our own. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a testament to good writing.

Keely Bay is set apart from the rest of the world. It's the kind of place where a family can make a living simply by panning for the coal that appears naturally in the sea around it. Bobby Burns, however, is bound for higher things. He has been accepted into the nearby public school (along with some of his friends) and away from people like his friend Joseph. Then the world comes crashing down around him. When Bobby meets a mysterious fire-eater in a nearby city, that's the moment when his life starts to take a turn for the bizarre. Suddenly his dad has a mysterious illness and far away in America the Russian Missle Crisis is taking place. Bobby finds himself standing up to the oppressive corporeal punishment wielded at his school and dealing with the darkness that's coming far too close to his once perfect life. Deftly, author David Almond weaves fact and fancy, history and mystical goings-on to create a story that's technically fictional but more real than any other book being published today.

Almond as an author has always been fascinated with stories in which a young male protagonist has a deep connection with an older male father-figure. In "Skellig" (his best known and most magical work) it was the mysterious bird-man found in the boy's garage. In "Kit's Wilderness" it was both the boy's grandfather and the boy he befriended in the deep dark coal mines. Here, Bobby befriends a mysterious stranger (like in "Skellig") but also has a deep meaningful relationship with his own father (like in "Kit's Wilderness"). Also, Almond tends to place a magical girl-figure in his books. This one is no exception. And it's funny... for all that Mr. Almond can be relied upon to create such regular cut-out characters, his books are some of the freshest and deeply moving out there today. Every time I read a David Almond book I think it's the best thing I've ever read. Until I happen to read the next David Almond book and the whole process starts again. His talent is in his ability to weave plots, themes, and ideas together. The fact that Almond makes his work seem so effortless is part of its charm.

I doubt "The Fire-Eaters" is assigned all that often in school. Which is a real pity, to be blunt. Will kids who read it enjoy it? I dunno. Maybe. The book isn't particularly hard to get through, though the language may strike some Yankee tots as hard to translate. In the end though, I think it's perfect for the child reader that's just a hair touch smarter than his or her brethren. If you happen to know a child who excels a little more than their fellows, try "The Fire-Eaters" out on them. They may see the heights to which Almond aspires even more clearly than I do. A great work of art.
This was one of the best books I read last year. There are a couple of intertwined themes here all set in the background of a working class family in the Durham coalfields.

The protagonist passes the 11 plus and is thus accepted into a grammar school, where he is nevertheless subjected -along with other children there - to daily cruelty, and ingrained prejudices, which during the novel, and through a friendship, he gains the power to overcome.

At the same time there is a theme with a character - McNulty - of mental illness, as well as the strains on the family under the threat of a life threatening illness - all set against the fear of approaching apocalypse in the cuban missile crisis.

There is so much in this book, it cannot be described - it has to be read. And Reading is not a chore, because David Almond is such a good writer. His prose is simple, but still manages to be vivid and engaging.

This is a book to read and ponder. Highly recommended
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