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ISBN:
034083319X
Author:
Jill Dawson
Category:
Genre Fiction
Language:
English
Publisher:
Sceptre (July 5, 2004)
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Wild Boy is a 2003 novel by English author Jill Dawson, published by Sceptre. Set in Paris at the beginning of the nineteenth century, it is a fictional retelling of the story of Victor, the Wild Boy of Aveyron.

Wild Boy is a 2003 novel by English author Jill Dawson, published by Sceptre. The novel is split into sections headed by dates in the French Republican Calendar which was in use at the time, and is in the main told by two narrative voices, Jean Marc Gaspard Itard, the doctor appointed to be the boy's tutor, and Madame Guerin to whom Itard entrusts his care.

Jill Dawson is the author of the novels Trick of the Light, Magpie, Fred and Edie, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, Wild Boy, Watch Me Disappear, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize, The Great Lover, Lucky Bunny, The Tell-Tale.

Jill Dawson is the author of the novels Trick of the Light, Magpie, Fred and Edie, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, Wild Boy, Watch Me Disappear, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize, The Great Lover, Lucky Bunny, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Crime Writer, which won the East Anglian Book of. the Year. Jill Dawson has held many Fellowships, including the Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia.

Jill Dawson's excellent new novel, Wild Boy, dramatises the process of that education

Jill Dawson's excellent new novel, Wild Boy, dramatises the process of that education. Its story may be familiar to some readers through François Truffaut's marvellous film, L'Enfant sauvage, but Dawson takes what is already a compelling tale and successfully fleshes it out into a convincing and highly moving book. She juxtaposes Itard's circumspect narrative of the boy's progress with another told by Madame Guerin, the house-keeper who offered young Victor the tenderness and motherly love that his male teacher could not provide.

Jill Dawson is an English poet and novelist who grew up in Durham, England. She began publishing her poems in pamphlets and small magazines. Her first book, Trick of the Light, was published in 1996. She was the British Council Writing Fellow at Amherst College for 1997.

Her writing life began as a poet, her poems being Jill Dawson was born in Durham and grew up in Staffordshire, Essex and Yorkshire

Her writing life began as a poet, her poems being Jill Dawson was born in Durham and grew up in Staffordshire, Essex and Yorkshire. She read American Studies at the University of Nottingham, then took a series of short-term jobs in London before studying for an MA in Writing at Sheffield Hallam University.

This is an engrossing story of a feral boy found in France at the beginning of the 19th century, the attempts made to 'civilise' him, and the effect he has on the doctor and governess who look after him. The central characters all have hinted-at secrets which makes you carry on reading long after you planned to put it down!

Authors : Dawson, Jill. Title : Wild Boy. We will then gift wrap the book in your chosen paper and send it without an invoice. Born in Durham, Jill Dawson grew up in Yorkshire.

Authors : Dawson, Jill. She has held many Fellowships, including the Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia, where she taught on the MA in Creative Writing course. In 2006 she received an honorary doctorate in recognition of her work.

Wild Boy (Paperback). Jill Dawson (author). In 18th-century France, a child is captured in the forests near Aveyron where he seems to have been living wild for seven years. Now 12 years old, the Wild Boy is put on public display as a freak, and finally handed over to the ambitious, emotionally repressed Doctor Itard, who is charged with educating the boy, whom he names Victor, and trying to discover the secrets of his strange, secret life. But Victor soon becomes a pawn in the raging debate about nature vs nurture, and Itard's attempts to civilise him bear little fruit.

In post-Revolution France, a child is discovered in the forests near Aveyron, where he seems to have been living wild for seven years. Now 12 years old, the Wild Boy, as he becomes known, is captured, put on public display as a freak, and finally handed over to the ambitious, repressed Doctor Itard, who is charged with studying the Wild Boy, who he names Victor, and trying to discover the secrets of his strange, secret life. But Victor soon becomes a pawn in the raging debate about nature vs nurture, and Itard's attempts to educate and civilise him bear little fruit. Instead, Victor seems drawn to Mme Guerin, his maternal guardian - and to her vivacious daughter, Julie, who is herself falling for Itard as he struggles to understand both Victor and his own confused emotions. Giving a vivid sense of the Revolutionary period, the novel brings to life through the stories of three fascinating characters a mysterious case that still resonates today.
  • Talvinl
Well, this was an interesting fictionalization of Victor of Aveyron's story, but truly it was not great. The shifts of perspective were unwieldy and took some getting used to. Victor came across as an autistic child very clearly, which was a more modern take on this wild child myth. It was not a bad book, and if some minor changes were made to the structure and to clarify the P.O.V. it would be greatly improved.
  • Saintrius
A fictionalized re-telling of the 1798 story of the Wild Boy of Aveyron - a feral child of around twelve, captured in the forests and unable to speak. Did the massive scar across his throat come from the atrocities of the 'Terror' or were they inflicted by another? The author offers her own thoughts on that, but the substance of the child's life in Paris is based on fact. He was an object of fascination to the scientists of the day, who paid for him to have a foster mother, and appointed Dr Itard to try to teach and civilize him. Both these adults have their own stories which are woven into the story, while the child, Victor, is convincingly portrayed as autistic.
I really enjoyed it, reading it in one sitting.
  • Conjuril
I picked this book up as an impulse purchase in Paris' airport. I needed something in English to read on the long journey home to Sacramento and, believe me, I wasn't disappointed! This book is a page turner and a wonderful insight into the minds of folks on a journey toward "civilizing" a child who spent most of his years in the wild. In real life, no one knows how and why Victor was sent to live in the wild; however, these were revolutionary times in France when people disappeared without a trace. Were his parents casualties of the "reign of terror" or was he abandoned to fend for himself in the wild before he was "rescued." This is a great book that I'd recommend to anyone interested in the human condition and/or history.