Thursday, January 11, 2007

Review: The Pull of the Ocean

This review was written by Alice Herold

I loved the teen book, The Pull of the Ocean by Jean-Claude Mourlevat (translated by Y. Maudet). After I had finished the book,I discovered the author had won prestigious prizes for his writing in France.

The story is structured in a series of accounts by people (social worker, police, a student, a baker, and others) who came into contact with Yann, the main character. Yann was a ten year old boy who looked like a two year old. He spoke, not with words but rather with his eyes and hand gestures.(The author based this book on The Adventures of Tom Thumb.) I learned from the eyewitness account in the last chapter (by a 60-year-old skipper on a ship) that Yann might not be real and perhaps stepped out of a fairy tale.

This book is an utterly charming book written in a fashion that compels the reader to keep reading. The book is a gem. Buy it! Read it!