As I admitted in my IMM post the other week, it was the gorgeous artwork by Benjamin Lacombe** on the wrap-around cover that immediately had me reaching into my wallet to buy this one, then the synopsis just sounded so perfect.
Little Jack is born with a frozen heart and undergoes a life-saving operation. Dr Madeleine surgically implants a cuckoo-clock into his chest. Anger is too dangerous for his cuckoo-clock heart.
When the beautiful young street-singer, Miss Acacia, appears – Jack is in danger of more than just falling in love. He is putting his life on the line.
This is a fairy tale for adults, but like proper fairy tales of old, this isn’t a tale that’s fluffy and light. Oh, it’s sweet and tender enough all right, but sometimes love breaks your heart…
I’m slightly at odds with this one, I did really enjoy it, but I thought that sometimes it played to its ‘adultness’ when there wasn’t any real need to. However it was at times beautiful and quirky, and for the most part told quite tenderly, it made for a sometimes jarring juxtaposition.
Did it detract from my overall enjoyment? No, not really. Doe’s it meet the beauty of its cover? No, not quite. Am I pleased to have had the experience of reading it? Yes, definitely.
Buy: The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
Mathias Malzieu is also a member of French band: Dionysos, this trailer features a song (Tais-toi mon coeur) from an album he wrote for the book. It’s a beautiful video/trailer, but just a warning, watching right to the end, might spoil the book for you.
** Seriously, go take a look at Benjamin Lacombe‘s website and fall in love with your next book!