The Tightrope Walkers

The Tightrope Walkers

eBook - 2015
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A gentle visionary coming of age in the shadow of the shipyards of northern England, Dominic Hall is torn between extremes. On the one hand, he craves the freedom he feels when he steals away with the eccentric girl artist next door, Holly Stroud0́4his first and abiding love0́4to balance above the earth on a makeshift tightrope. With Holly, Dom dreams of a life different in every way from his shipbuilder dad's, a life fashioned of words and images and story. On the other hand, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the brutal charms of Vincent McAlinden, a complex bully who awakens something wild and reckless and killing in Dom. In a raw and beautifully crafted bildungsroman, David Almond reveals the rich inner world of a boy teetering on the edge of manhood, a boy so curious and open to impulse that we fear for him and question his balance0́4and ultimately exult in his triumphs.
Publisher: Somerville : Candlewick Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9780763677046
0763677043
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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cinnamonkitty14
Oct 23, 2015

the photos in this exhibition by Nick Hedges go well with the novel: http://www.shelterscotland.org/lifeworthliving

multcolib_susannel Oct 19, 2015

Domic struggles to find his place as a young man, befriending a tightwalking family, a rough bully and the contradictions of his own writing talent.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Sep 21, 2015

First and foremost, I really liked this. Almond's writing is lyrical and descriptive without being too long-winded or snooty. The characters and setting are extremely memorable. In fact, I found myself thinking about both at random times. I loved his use of the local, working-class dialect. It made me feel more rooted in the story. With all of this being said, I do not think this should have been marketed as a teen book. Yes, it is a coming-of-age story, and we start following Dominic in childhood and see him through to young adulthood. However, The Tightrope Walkers has a decidedly grown-up feel about it. Regardless- very good.

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cinnamonkitty14
Aug 16, 2015

"Is each of us precarious? Does each of us teeter in the space between the artist and the killer in ourselves? Or do some live their whole lives in innocence...?"

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