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The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,364 ratings  ·  175 reviews
Louis Drax is a boy like no other. He is brilliant and strange, and every year something violent seems to happen to him. On his ninth birthday, Louis goes on a picnic with his parents and falls off a cliff. The details are shrouded in mystery. Louis's mother is shell-shocked; his father has vanished. And after some confusion Louis himself, miraculously alive but deep in a...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 10th 2006 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2004)
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Mark
Apr 17, 2013 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all but psychopathic picnickers
Recommended to Mark by: my friend Eunice
The opening line draws you in on the instant

' I'm not most kids. I'm Louis Drax. Stuff happens to me that shouldn't happen, like going on a picnic where you drown '

Such an opening could, I suppose, head off in a number of different directions. Downwards to cliched cleverness, upwards to bizarre stratospheric confusion, meander around the foothills in which wood and trees get totally indistinguishable or settle into a mixture of all three and from that melee produce a really fascinating reflectio...more
Kim
May 06, 2010 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kim by: karen brissette
Shelves: mmx, contemporary

Books are the bestest gifts.

Really. Just a few months ago I gave away my top five books to five people who have been vital to my physical and mental health during the last year. I made them take turns reading them and the reviews that I wrote of them. Did I care if they really liked them? Sort of. Did I make them read them all? You betcha. Why? Because, duh, it’s all about me.

I believe (all mine) that there are only a few reasons to give books:

1. You want the person to see what you loved about...more
Bill
liz jensen has got to be the most imaginative writer ever. this is the third book by her that i've read in the last couple of weeks and none of them are remotely like the others.her writing is uniformly beautiful and her plots are unbelievably gripping.i read this book in one sitting,pausing only once to dash to the kitchen to get a drink.it is that unputdownable.i'm not going to say a damn thing about the plot, you're just going to have to get the book and read it.you won't be sorry.
Bibliophile
Having read my first Liz Jensen (The Uninvited) recently, I expected The Ninth Life of Louis Drax to be equally difficult to categorize. It is definitely original, but more conventional in regard to the story than I anticipated. The answer to the mystery of why a nine-year-old boy is lying in a coma is just a matter of connecting the dots. I did that early on, but figured Jensen would turn everything upside down and present me with a totally unexpected mind-bending alternative. When she didn't,...more
Erika
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Michelle Teoh
Oh my God. Spent the whole day reading this and oh my God.

The reason I'd bought this book in the first place was because it was ridiculously cheap, at a Popular books clearance sale. I hadn't thought much of the book, since I've never heard of the title and the author before. Books which I buy without actually wanting to buy them are books that are normally left on my shelf for a long time until I go through my booklist.

But this was different, and after finishing The Fault In Our Stars, I decid...more
Lisa (scarlet21)
After reading The Rapture I was expecting something along similar lines but was pleasantly surprised that it was quite different. It was well written, with nothing suerfluous at all, pretty fast paced and uncomplicated. Loved the story, loved the twists, could have been explored in much more depth but I think it would have spoiled the sense of the book. A delight
Sandra
Um livro surpreendente.

Surpreendentemente negro.

Surpreendentemente inteligente.

Supreendentemente rico.

Concluindo - nada do que estava à espera.

Pensei que seria um livro bem humorado, leve que me faria sorrir e rir um pouco. Nada disso.

Fez-me pensar, e muito.
Beth
Read this. It was awesome. A little boy gets hurt and ends up in a coma... this book is about what happens to him, his doctors and his family while he's 'under'. A little bit bizarre, and of course, that's what makes it fun.
Ivana
I didn't read anything by Liz Jensen before, though I heard quite some stuff about her recently published The Rapture. Now that I have read this one, The Rapture is launched straight to the top of my wishlist.

Louis Drax is an accident-prone nine year old boy from Lyon. Strange things happen to him; he is obsessed with death, strange animals, poisons and raping. Mysteries are built around his young life. After having eight close-to-death experiences, one for each year of his life, the ninth chan...more
Carrie
If you like Chuck Palahniuk's style, you should definitely give Liz Jensen a try. In this book, there are two narrators, each with a really distinctive voice. Louis is a disturbed 9-year-old boy who has fallen (or was he pushed?) off a cliff on his 9th birthday while on a picnic with his estranged parents. His father goes missing the same afternoon and Louis dies, but comes back to life and introduces himself to the reader while in a coma. He also likes to tack explanatory phrases onto the ends...more
Rachael
Jul 08, 2008 Rachael rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: lit
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The Crimson Fucker
Sep 06, 2007 The Crimson Fucker rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in new ways of getting a sex change
when is Louis Drax talking it gets a 5.
S.
Very good. Review to come.
Ivana
I didn't read anything by Liz Jensen before, though I heard quite some stuff about her recently published The Rapture. Now that I have read this one, The Rapture is launched straight to the top of my wishlist.

Louis Drax is an accident-prone nine year old boy from Lyon. Strange things happen to him; he is obsessed with death, strange animals, poisons and raping. Mysteries are built around his young life. After having eight close-to-death experiences, one for each year of his life, the ninth chan...more
Ian
Whenever I see a Liz Jensen book I’ve not read in a charity shop, I buy it. But I think I shall start buying them new because I’ve yet to be disappointed with any of her books I’ve read. And that’s not something I can say for many of the authors I read regularly. The Ninth Life of Louis Drax is set in France in the present day, and the eponymous character is an accident-prone ten-year-old boy currently lying in a coma after falling down a cliff at a family picnic. His father is also missing and,...more
Anika
Ich bin mir bei diesem Buch wirklich etwas unschlüssig...
Einerseits fand ich die Ideen der Autorin wirklich sehr gut und auch die Entwicklung und der Lauf der Geschichte war spannend und fesselnd. Die verschiedenen Erzählstränge werden nach und nach auf eine spannende Weise verknüpft und ergeben ein erschreckendes und zum Nachdenken anregendes Ende. Auch die verschiedenen Charaktere sind gut herausgearbeitet.
Andererseits waren einige Elemente (z. B. die Beziehung des Arztes zu Louis Mutter, auch...more
monica ♪
Aug 28, 2014 monica ♪ marked it as to-read
I don't really read this kind of book, but Jamie Dornan will play as the doctor so I wanna give it a try! LOL
Panagiota Papadopoulou
Surprisingly enough,I found this book at a small library made especially for children. I really have no idea how this book got there. The reason I picked it was basically because I had already read all the books over there.
To be honest,I thought I would be easily bored by this book but,God,was I wrong! When I realized what was going on and that the story wasn't about a young boy describing his daily life,I became addicted to it!
I don't think that the author wanted to create a thriller/mystery/f...more
Lígia Bibliomigalhas
Nesta história original e inesperada, Liz Jensen confronta-nos com a mente de um menino de 9 anos e com a mente do seu neurologista, que, a duas vozes, vão narrando esta história até ao desenlace final, onde as peças do enigma encaixam finalmente.

Mistério, humor, ironia, numa narrativa inteligente e bem construída. Um livro surpreendente, pela escrita, pelo enredo, pela forma como Louis nos fala e nos surpreende. Uma história trágica, mas com um certo humor negro que nos envolve e nos leva a que...more
Gabby
When I finished reading this novel, I decided that I would have to read it again before I could comment on it. It was not quite what I expected, it was disturbing, and there were times (just a few) when I almost gave up on it. The disturbing part was what kept me going. Louis Drax is by no means a typical child, and his life is anything but normal. There have been a few times in my life when I have questioned the right of some people to reproduce. This was one of those times. Some people just sh...more
Bibliophile
This is exactly what I was saying in a youtube video... One of those books that spoil the pleasure of reading. God awful.
Sin Tien Tan
Finally finished with this book. Have been putting off reading it due to exams and stuff.
The book works with a very interesting psychological complex, starts off real slow at the beginning (like all psychological thrillers kinda do, cause that's when the author is building the story and as the reader, you kinda know nothing) but halfway through, things start to fall into place and the story will suck you right in. Interesting storyline and kudos to the author for managing to slip in a plot twis...more
Molly
I'm a big fan of Liz Jensen. This book was very readable and the character of Louis Drax is compelling and well drawn - but something about the story didn't sit right with me. For one thing, the main narrator, Dr Dannachet, is a fool and quite irritating.

But the oddest thing is Jensen's approach to her female characters. There are two main ones: Louis' mother, Natalie, and the detective, Stephanie Charvillefort. They seem to have been set up as polar opposites in terms of gender: Natalie is del...more
Paul Goodfield
Absolutely brilliant book. Reallky interesting and gripping story that is different all others and brilliantly written, if you enjoyed The Curious Incident....or more recently Wonder by RJ Palacio then you will love this too.

It is the story of a disturbed but talented and easily influenced 9yr old Louis Drax and the story is written in the first person and also through the eyes of his Doctor. The story starts off with your allegiances firmly in one camp but then it slowly changes. Would definite...more
Lee Razer
I was anticipating a much stronger fantasy/magical realist element here. Blurb talks about a boy who survives eight major accidents, one for each year of his life, and on his ninth birthday falls off a cliff and into a coma. While in the coma he encounters a mysterious figure inside his head. While none of that description is inaccurate, the explanation in the novel is out of the realm of the literary crime/psychological thriller genre rather than the fantasy/supernatural genre.

While I feel som...more
Ayesha Chander
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Amy
I picked this book up because it promised a 'haunting story' with 'twists and turns'...but I'm not so sure it delivered on all of that.

The first part of the book seems disjointed as it is told from two perspectives, Louis (unfortuneately in a coma) and his doctor. While it doesn't sound confusing, they often switch off without any warning, introduction or pattern. You read two chapters from Louis and then all of sudden your almost two pages into the next chapter and thoroughly confused because i...more
Helen
This book was quite different to others I have read but it made a nice change and I thought it was ok. It was a little predictable but I enjoyed the concept - there is a storyline in to investigating what happened to Louis for him to end up in the coma and there is also the storyline dealing with what Louis is experiencing while in the coma.

It's written from the perspective of either Louis or his doctor and the writing styles are very different so that when reading Louis' sections you believe th...more
O retiro do Opinanço
Um livro que tem tanto de encantador como perturbador, devido à temática em si.
Liz Jensen fez um trabalho magnífico na construção das personagens:
Temos o pequeno Louis, um rapaz com predisposição p/ acidentes, que está a realizar terapia com o Perez Gordo, devido à crise familiar em que se encontra. É um rapaz com uma imaginação e humor que nos diverte. E cujo destino culminará tal como previa no grande acidente que o leva ao estado de coma.
Temos o Dr. Pascal Dannachet que se vê perante um caso...more
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Liz Jensen was born in Oxfordshire, the daughter of a Danish father and an Anglo-Moroccan mother. She spent two years as a journalist in the Far East before joining the BBC, first as a journalist, then as a TV and radio producer. She then moved to France where she worked as a sculptor began her first novel, Egg Dancing, which was published in 1995. Back in London she wrote Ark Baby (1998) which wa...more
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