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Mr Schnitzel Stephen Knight

Mr Schnitzel

Stephen Knight

Published July 26th 2001
ISBN : 9780140287318
Paperback
256 pages
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 About the Book 

If you are the kind of person who gets annoyed by anyone interrupting you while you are persuing a train of thought, then you will probably find the format the author exploits*1 here quite irritaing.Otherwise, you may find this tender account a delightful and effective way of conveying the depth and complexity of a childs journey from dependence to estrangement*2 to resolution as an adult.Seven bedtime stories told to the narrator by his father, repeatedly on demand, are given in their ultimate version,*3 condensed somewhat but also encrusted over time with extraneous detail, and punctuated by the personal referances that begin as footnotes but swiftly grow to overtake the particular tale that has triggered the runaway reverie.Funny and melachonaly, subtle and in your face, this book seems to be an original.*4*1 this is not exactly a parody but more a brilliantly carried out way of expressing correlation in this exploration of memory and its effect on reality.*2 not every child becomes estranged from his or her parents in the course of development, but it is usually the case.*3 the tales in themselves are the overblown exploits of some obscure and unlikely war hero, and lampoon the whole business.*4 can you tell how much fun I found this book?