The Daydreamer

The Daydreamer

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A delightful literary foray for adults and children alike, from the inexhaustible imagination of Booker Prize-winning, best-selling author Ian McEwan. In these seven exquisitely interlinked episodes, the grown-up protagonist Peter Fortune reveals the secret journeys, metamorphoses, and adventures of his childhood. Living somewhere between dream and reality, Peter experiences fantastical transformations: he swaps bodies with the wise old family cat; exchanges existences with a cranky infant; encounters a very bad doll who has come to life and is out for revenge; and rummages through a kitchen drawer filled with useless objects to discover some not-so-useless cream that actually makes people vanish. Finally, he wakes up as an eleven-year-old inside a grown-up body and embarks on the truly fantastic adventure of falling in love. Moving, dreamlike, and extraordinary, The Daydreamer marks yet another imaginative departure for Ian McEwan.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 131 x 203 x 11mm | 147g
  • Anchor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0385498055
  • 9780385498050
  • 493,988

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From the inexhaustible imagination of Ian McEwan--a master of contemporary fiction and author of the Booker Prize-winning national bestseller Amsterdam--an enchanting work of fiction that appeals equally to children and adults.
First published in England as a children's book, The Daydreamer marks a delightful foray by one of our greatest novelists into a new fictional domain. In these seven exquisitely interlinked episodes, the grown-up protagonist Peter Fortune reveals the secret journeys, metamorphoses, and adventures of his childhood. Living somewhere between dream and reality, Peter experiences fantastical transformations: he swaps bodies with the wise old family cat; exchanges existences with a cranky infant; encounters a very bad doll who has come to life and is out for revenge; and rummages through a kitchen drawer filled with useless objects to discover some not-so-useless cream that actually makes people vanish. Finally, he wakes up as an eleven-year-old inside a grown-up body and embarks on the truly fantastic adventure of falling in love. Moving, dreamlike, and extraordinary, The Daydreamer marks yet another imaginative departure for Ian McEwan, and one that adds new breadth to his body of work.
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From award-winning master Ian McEwan comes an enchanting work of fiction that appeals equally to adults and children. In these seven exquisite, interlinked episodes, grownup Peter Fortune reveals the secret journeys, metamorphoses, and adventures of his childhood.

Living somewhere between dream and reality, Peter experiences fantastical transformations: he swaps bodies with the family cat and a cranky infant, battles a very bad doll who comes to life to seek revenge, and discovers in a kitchen drawer some vanishing cream that actually makes people vanish. In the final story, he wakes up as an eleven-year-old inside a grownup's body, and embarks on the truly fantastic adventure of falling in love. Moving, dreamlike, and extraordinary, The Daydreamer is a celebration of imagination and fantasy.
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Review Text

"Imaginative and sparkling, not a page should be missed." -San Diego Union-Tribune

"As far-fetched and funny as anything by Roald Dahl." -Vogue

"Combines wit and invention with a sense of the natural order being overturned." -The Washington Post Book World

"Peter's fantasy life is richer than anybody's since Walter Mitty." -The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Brilliant . . . the quality of imagination at play here is something special." -The Times Educational Supplement (London)
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"Imaginative and sparkling, not a page should be missed." --San Diego Union-Tribune

"As far-fetched and funny as anything by Roald Dahl." --Vogue

"Combines wit and invention with a sense of the natural order being overturned." --The Washington Post Book World

"Peter's fantasy life is richer than anybody's since Walter Mitty." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Brilliant . . . the quality of imagination at play here is something special." --The Times Educational Supplement (London)
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About Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of seventeen books, including the novels Nutshell; The Children Act; Sweet Tooth; Solar, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; On Chesil Beach; Saturday; Atonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award; The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both short-listed for the Booker Prize; Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize; and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award; as well as the story collections First Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets.
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Rating details

6,006 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 21% (1,262)
4 38% (2,306)
3 31% (1,870)
2 8% (467)
1 2% (101)
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