Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Life from a Child's Perspective : Part II

The whole process of a child transforming into adulthood is strange. The way I see it it make a black and white picture coloured. And suddenly everything becomes more complicated.
We spend our childhood thinking how smart we will be when we get older. Dream about the things we will be able to do when we grow up without ever realizing what the future really holds in store for us.
The Pact is one of the many stories where an 8 year old boy narrates the story. Its a simple tale of a family going to through rough times. The advantage of narrating it from a child's point of view is that the story is straightforward and simple. Possibly a reason why so many authors (well not really that many!) choose this style.
The story revolves around Mike and his newly acquired very shy friend who has recently moved into the neighbourhood. The problems adults are going to through is very subtle yet not lacking in impact.
Its amazing that one forgets what a big responsibility bringing up a child is. And what an effect a parent who has lost his self confidence and taken to drinking can have on a child!
The book is a about friendship, a much confusing life that adults lead and the turmoil that they throw they unsuspecting children into. Its funny, heartwarming at times and tragic at others. In all its a page turner.
Its written as a part of Minnesota Voices Project by Walter J Roers .

I came across the book at the public library quite accidently. I should warn you that it is bound to touch your heart and give rise to disturbing questions of the ever fading line between the right and the wrong!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it ironic that a book on children (whose world is free of right and wrong) should impose the very same questions on you?!

8:07 PM  
Blogger ligne said...

Ya, I guess you are right. It is indeed ironic!

8:14 PM  
Blogger atma_tripta said...

"Can there be an absolute right and wrong for a dividing line to exist between them? Isn't the world colourful with too many colours and not just pure black and white? Or as adults did we forget what we instinctively did as children?" @ poses ? to Jnani!

12:25 PM  
Blogger ligne said...

@at: I am no answering for Jnani, but I don't know. I guess I am using colours and black and white to depict confused and clarity.
But I suppose there are other ways of picturing things. I suppose I would agree with there being more than an obvious divide in good or bad. But there definite is an obvious divide the consquences of our actions.

11:14 AM  

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