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Secret Heart (Audio) Loot Price: R217
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Secret Heart (Audio): David Almond

Secret Heart (Audio)

David Almond; Read by David Almond

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From a master of the symbolism of darkness as it stands in opposition to light and hope: the opaque story of an unusual boy named Joe and a cast of eccentric and unsavory characters. Joe, who feels " . . . the lark singing inside him and the tiger prowling inside him," is a complex, enigmatic character. While he is sensitive and intelligent inside, he is outwardly troubled, awkward, stammering, and dreamily vague. Townsfolk, including his peers, psychiatrists, social workers, teachers, and policemen consistently misunderstand and sometimes victimize him. When a down-at-the-heels circus arrives in town for its last performances before folding, this lonely outsider is drawn to the circus folk and they to him. They are looking for a hero who has the heart of a tiger to carry the skin of the circus's last tiger into the forest. A blind diviner uses her odd rituals to foretell that Joe will be that hero. So does young Corinna, a circus flyer who speaks in esoterica and believes Joe to be her twin from another life. The two carry the tiger skin into the night forest and succeed in driving away a swaggering thug who specializes in toughening up boys with his own ritual of cruel blood sport. The story ends with a metaphorical reconciliation as Joe's constant, devoted mother invites the shunned circus folk to a party in her garden, where they delight neighborhood children. The reader senses that Joe's secret heart may have found a "home." Beautifully written, this nonetheless is a largely metaphysical tale of stalker versus prey (real and surreal, animal and human), featuring mainly symbolic characters with whom readers may not connect and about whom they may not care. (Fiction. 12-15) (Kirkus Reviews)
Joe lives in Helmouth, a forgotten village crumbling on the edge of the suburbs. His once-loving mother has fallen under the influence of her boyfriend, the unkind Mr Montagu, whose presence, both real and threatened, overshadows Joe's every move. Joe's best friend, Stanny, insists that Joe must toughen up, become a survivor - and he is adamant that a weekend in the wilderness with Stanny and his Uncle Joff will do the trick. Into Joe's unhappy world comes Hackenschmidt's Circus, and with it the strangely familiar Corinna. She tells Joe, 'In the circus there is a secret heart...' - a place of contained wildness where the barriers between the human and animal world are fluid. And indeed Joe's dreams are already stalked by a tiger, so real that his skin and its pelt begin to feel as one...


Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: September 2001
Authors: David Almond
Readers: David Almond
Dimensions: 139 x 106 x 17mm (L x W x T)
Format: Audio
Volumes: 2
ISBN-13: 978-1-84032-565-2
Categories: Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction > General
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun > General
LSN: 1-84032-565-8
Barcode: 9781840325652

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