Blow

Blow

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by Daniel Nayeri
     
 
This grimly humorous and cutting-edge novella delivers a Shakespearean love story that brings together two feuding artisan families, narrated by none other than Death himself -- a hero who may steal your heart in more ways than one. If you enjoy reading "Blow," check out Daniel Nayeri's three other whimsical riffs on classic genres, all available in the collection

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This grimly humorous and cutting-edge novella delivers a Shakespearean love story that brings together two feuding artisan families, narrated by none other than Death himself -- a hero who may steal your heart in more ways than one. If you enjoy reading "Blow," check out Daniel Nayeri's three other whimsical riffs on classic genres, all available in the collection Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Patrice Belotte
Death is snarky. His sarcasm lends itself well to his matter-of-fact way of conveying the finer points of life, and of course, death. He maintains a glass-is-half-empty type of view about the world as he fulfills the duties of his job. It is really quite simple, when your moment comes, he shows up and leads you on your way to the next chapter. He is average looking and quiet, yet incredibly noticeable when the exact moment occurs that you breathe your last breath. Nayeri's book includes four very different novellas, each centered around interesting and unique characters that push the limits of the societies in which they live. The introduction offers a brief synopsis of each story. Each novella is written to challenge the common stereotypes about the intelligence and likes, or dislikes, of female and male adolescents. "Doom with a View" is only one of the four novellas included in the collection, and the only novella, about which this review is based. Set in Europe some many centuries ago, Nayeri combines modern prose and contemporary references that leave the reader without an absolute sense of setting. Death, as the narrator, describes the complicated story of two lovers who are destined not to be together, but fall in love nonetheless. The story moves quickly. Readers travel from Italy to France, from one family's story then to the other. There is not much pause for processing all the characters that come and go, or stay and wreck havoc for the two lovers. In the end, and Nayeri is very forward about this, everyone dies—except Death himself. Reviewer: Patrice Belotte

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763657482
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,024,702
File size:
928 KB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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