L'inventore di sogni
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L'inventore di sogni

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Un bambino sogna a occhi aperti e immagina di far sparire l'intera famiglia, un po' per noia e un po' per dispetto, con un'immaginaria Pomata Svanilina; oppure sogna di poter togliere al gatto di casa la pelliccia, di farne uscire l'anima felina e di prenderne il posto, vivendone per qualche giorno la vita, soltanto in apparenza sonnacchiosa; oppure sogna che le bambole de...more
Paperback, L'Arcipelago #10, 124 pages
Published 2002 by Einaudi (first published 1994)
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I once heard Ian McEwan described as a Marmite author; a distinctive taste that, in line with the Marmite marketing slogan, you either "Love it or hate it."

I must admit, I've had my share of "hit and miss" with McEwan but I did enjoy The Daydreamer, which is his first work of fiction for children. The book is described however as appealing to adults as well, due in part to the fact that it is an "adult" Peter who tells the story of his childhood.

The Daydreamer is about 10 year Peter Fortune who...more
Ognuno di noi ad un certo punto della propria infanzia si dice che resterà per tutta la vita, per sempre, un po’ bambino. Io me lo sono ripromesso mille volte. Perché osservavo la vita dei grandi, e non mi sembrava tanto bella. Poi, manco a dirlo, si diventa grandi, e dell’infanzia ci restano solo qualche orsacchiotto spelacchiato in soffitta, qualche polaroid ingiallita, le scarpine che la nonna ci aveva sferruzzato per proteggerci dal freddo invernale e.. e la promessa di lasciare dentro di no...more
I wish I had read this edition with the cat on the cover! McEwan writes spare, playful, and meditative prose in this book for children and for adults meditating on what it means to be a child and what it means to lose childhood but not to lose imagination. Each chapter centers on the relationship between the solitary child and other people and creatures. I like that solitude, perception, and imaginative leaps cause the child to bridge the gap between himself and others. Instead of suspecting tha...more
In the preface to The Daydreamer Ian McEwan asks if we adults really mean it when we say we like children’s literature or are we merely “speaking up for, and keeping the lines open to, our lost, nearly forgotten selves?” Mind you when he wrote this it was before the whole Harry Potter phenomenon – and there were plenty of adults who enjoyed curling up with that series. Still, the appeal to adults of Harry Potter might have been as much about the finely constructed plot and suspenseful narrative...more
Sono sempre felicissimo quando posso abbandonarmi di nuovo ai sogni ad occhi aperti dell'infanzia. McEwan li inventa da adulto, ma si avvicina davvero tanto alla qualità della fantasia di un bambino, non credo lo si potrebbe fare molto meglio di così. Con dolcezza, in brevi episodi, accompagna Peter alle soglie del definitivo abbandono dell'infanzia, lasciandoci la voglia di celebrare quel periodo, senza rimpiangerlo eccessivamente. "La pomata svanilina" e "I grandi" sono racconti meravigliosi,...more
Dacă mergi într-o librărie și zărești pe un raft Visătorul, cunoscând măcar o parte dintre cărțile anterioare ale lui Ian McEwan, vei citi coperta a patra, o vei cumpăra (pentru că, nu-i așa, îți place cum scrie autorul britanic) și vei pleca fericit/-ă cu ea acasă. Dar absolut nimic nu te va pregăti pentru ceea ce va urma când vei deschide copertele cărții. Poate doar dacă ai citit despre volum anterior (poate chiar aici, pe Bookaholic :) ). Chiar și-așa, știind câteva lucruri despre carte, mie...more
Soumen Daschoudhury
May 07, 2014 Soumen Daschoudhury rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: short story readers
Childhood! A bliss. Pure but not necessarily simple. So many questions racing through the mind, so many things to do. Studying, reading, playing football, day dreaming, being a brat, planning pranks, handling adults – what a task!

Childhood - A state. A state of confusion, an introduction to everything new, of knowing no fear, no shame for asking questions, for demanding answers. It becomes difficult when my nephew demands answers for questions like “Who is the strongest – Batman, Spiderman or...more
Cele 7 capitole ale cărții sunt tot atâtea povestiri – de fapt, mai există și prezentarea lui Peter care, ea însăși, este o povestire în sine – pentru copiii de… toate vârstele. De mult nu am mai citit povești care să mă fascineze atât de mult ca aceastea. Protagonistul, un băiețel de câțiva anișori, aflat în primii ani de școală, este un visător, genul de copil pentru care realitatea nu este altceva decât viața plictisitoare la care trebuie să se întoarcă după fiecare episod de visare, sau surs...more
Ian ne trimite la culcare cu o carte pentru copiii din noi – Visătorul. Visătorul este Peter, cartea Visătorul este povestea lui Peter scrisă chiar de el. Devenit inventator şi scriitor de poveşti la maturitate, copilul Peter este neînţeles de nimeni, pentru că, în afară de faptul că e visător, este şi tăcut. Nu vorbeşte prea mult, iar prietenii şi profesorii consideră că e prost. Este chiar mutat într-o grupă de copii cu diverse probleme de adaptare, fapt care îl determină să scrie despre lucru...more
Bruno Lages
At first I thought I was going to get tired of Peter's bouts of daydreaming. It didn't take long, though, for it be clear that he is just a deeply empathetic character, full of generosity towards the world, willing to be someone else, something else other then himself and enjoy the experience. I believe great writers are like gifted translators of otherness, going to and fro between what is known and what is alien, what is "I"/"mine" and what is "not-I", not at all.
Era da un sacco di tempo che volevo comprare questo libro. Mi ricordavo di questa Pomata Svanillina (che da il titolo ad uno dei capitoli) dai tempi delle elementari/medie, molto probabilmente perché era una lettura che si trovava sul libro di italiano, una di quelle su cui poi devi rispondere alle domande della comprensione che la maestra ti dava per casa oppure una di quelle di cui dovevi fare il riassunto.
Fatto sta che avevo il bisogno di leggerlo. Mai acquisto fu più azzeccato. L'ho adorato...more
Ariethia Ariethia
What I love about this book is that it is so full of imagination. At times, I find it disturbing (like the one about the thief..I really thought the neighbor was the thief!). My favorite story in this book, is the one about the bully. It really got me thinking about how people probably act the way they are not because they want to, but because the environment put them in that position :-)
Elena Grassi
7 racconti, 7 avventure sognate dal piccolo Peter, un bambino di 10 anni che vive un'infanzia ricca di immaginazione e povera di parole. Attraverso la sempre magnifica penna di Mc Ewan Peter prende vita un personaggio che ci fa rivivere attraverso i sogni l'incanto di un tempo perduto. I racconti sono magia pura e fino alla fine di ogni capitolo non si capisce se Peter stia sognando, fantasticando, inventando una nuova avventura o semplicemente vivendo la sua bizzarra realtà. Bambole che si anim...more
This short book gives a look into the life of Peter Fortune. He is a daydreamer and enjoys fantasising about the things happening around him.

Each chapter can be read on its own as there isn't really a plot structure or a story that needs to be followed. I liked McEwan's take on how a child's mind works and it gave an interesting perspective.

There were some chapters that were better that others; I especially liked the one with The Cat and how Peter imagined that the cat had a zipper in its fur...more
Razvan Zamfirescu
Noor Al-Zubaidi
You'd think it's a children's book till you realize this was meant for you. Don't lose your imagination, and learn how to step into other people's (or a cat's) shoes. Lessons you rediscover as Peter learns them for the first time.
I recommend it if you want a light read that reminds you to dream!
Not so much a novel as a collection of short episodes describing 10-year old Peter Fortune's daydreams. My favorite line: "The following morning Peter Fortune woke from troubled dreams to find himself transformed into a giant person, an adult."
Siccome questo libro è suddiviso in brevi racconti, commetterò pezzo per pezzo:

1. Due parole su Peter *****

Premetto che anche a me a volte capita spesso di fissare lo sguardo da qualche parte e sognare ad occhi aperti. Chiunque vedendomi potrebbe pensare "Cosa ci trova di tanto interessante in quella piastrella?". Ma questo chiunque non sa che davanti ai miei occhi ho un mondo ben diverso dalla realtà oggettiva, ho un mondo tutto mio a cui faccio visita di tanto in tanto. Detto questo è molto se...more
Oct 01, 2008 Linden rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle school to adult
Recommended to Linden by: Review in newspaper
Ever revisit an old book-friend and find the luster is gone? That is definitely not the case with McEwan's The Daydreamer. Yesterday, after a day which included the euthanasia of an elderly pet, I took The Daydreamer home for the second time, in hopes of putting the world right again.

This collection of short stories is centered on Peter, a ten-year-old who has an imagination which, at times, can rule him. In school, at home, with his younger sister, petting his cat, thinking about his sister's...more
This book is not easily classified. It is filled with stories about a child, Peter, certainly that could be enjoyed by a child, but also written for adult readers. The Preface reveals McEwan's process of reading the stories aloud to his children and incorporating their feedback. Reading aloud became part of the revision process. I find this charming and effective. I wanted to read the stories out loud myself.

Imagination is the life-force of this book. Peter is a daydreamer and lands himself in...more
Emily Randall

I always find it hard to generalise about a whole book of short stories...so I thought I’d break it down into stories whilst they are fresh in my mind!

The Dolls:
Somehow towards the end of this story I managed to produce goose bumps and have a little shudder! I've always found dolls a little spooky at the best of times...especially those with missing limbs etc and this story pushed some buttons allowing me to get a little spooked! The good news is it all comes good in the end - making it suitable...more
“The Cat”, een verhaal waarin de tienjarige Peter en zijn kat van gedaante wisselen, had haast van Roald Dahl kunnen zijn. Het bewandelt diezelfde fijne grens tussen opmerkelijke verbeelding, humor en donkerheid. De toon wordt eigenlijk aangehouden doorheen de zeven gelinkte verhalen in The Daydreamer. In zijn inleiding, waarin McEwan had om God weet wat voor reden nodig acht om zijn beslissing om een kinderboek te schrijven te verdedigen, suggereert hij dat volwassenen eigenlijk niet echt van k...more
“La vita è sogno”, come direbbe Calderon de La Barca. Siamo tutti quanti propensi al sogno ad occhi aperti, anche gli adulti.
In questo meraviglioso libricino, che si presenta come un racconto per ragazzi – ma che in realtà non farebbe male leggere anche agli adulti – McEwan ci presenta, con la sua spettacolare dialettica, la storia di un bambino con una fervida immaginazione in grado di fargli vivere avventure inimmaginabili. L’incontro con un ladro, lo scambio di corpi con un gatto e un neonat...more
I'm teaching Year 4 next year (8 and 9 year olds). So I've started to read books that they might like.

I like Ian McEwan's The Daydreamer a lot, though maybe it's a bit too old for most Y4 children. Why too old? Perhaps the element of threat. But then again, maybe it's OK...

It's a book about a young boy who's a daydreamer, dreaming about transformations.

My purpose is to tell of bodies which have been transformed into shapes of a different kind.

Ovid, Metamorphoses

So, in the wonderful chapter calle...more
Ho adorato questo libro, impossibile non farsi coinvolgere dai personaggi, specie da Peter. Mi riconosco molto in lui, da bambina ero praticamente la stessa ! Infatti il capitolo iniziale ha suscitato in me più di un sorriso, e i successivi capitoli, che possono essere letti anche come racconti separati, ti lasciano pieno di meraviglia, a tratti inquietudine, senza mai perdere la leggerezza insita nei racconti per ragazzi. La lettura risulta scorrevole e ricca, Mcewan non si risparmia, non limit...more
Nesa Sivagnanam
I've been reading and loving Ian McEwan's books for years but I've never met one like The Daydreamer.

It's like nothing he has ever written before. I think it would appeal equally to young adults and grown-ups and even to children.

The whole book revolves around a little boy called Peter Fortune. He's about 11. He has a dad, mom and a sister. The book is divided into seven inter-linked episodes.

The chapters shift between dream and reality as Peter is a great daydreamer. He tells you right at the...more
Un libro rilassante. Il protagonista e' un bambino con una fervida fantasia. Le sue proiezioni fantastiche e a volte mostruose restano in vita fino a quando non raggiungono il loro scopo di fornire un punto di vista opposto. Compiuta la loro missione svaniscono con naturalezza, lasciando le cose e i fatti inalterati come se nulla mai fosse successo. un bel libro da ragazzi scevro da necessita' morali se non quella di affermare che esiste tutto ma anche il suo contrario. be quiet!
Van een van de boekgrrls kreeg ik The daydreamer van Ian McEwan. Dit boek is bedoeld voor zowel kinderen als volwassenen, zo belooft de blurb. En wat mij betreft is die belofte waargemaakt.

Allereerst is het in een aantrekkelijke tweekleurendruk uitgegeven, blauw met zwart. Die kon ik zo snel niet vinden op Goodreads, maar ik heb 'm wel op mijn blog staan: http://elsjelas.blogspot.com/2006/08/.... Ten tweede zijn de verhalen geschreven vanuit de volwassen Peter, terugkijkend op zijn dagdromen die...more
Jan 19, 2008 Eunice rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dreamers adrift in life
Recommended to Eunice by: Tracy
there are so few children in books that i have become enamored with; Peter, the protagonist of this book, is at the top. in fact, most of the characters have this adorable quality that redeems whatever faults they might have, from the bully to the one-armed, one-legged doll.

adorable and Ian McEwan together in one sentence would seem oxymoronic but it truly does apply. his ability to simmer suspense in the dark corners of his stories and create psychologically true characters is still present in...more
Adrienne Kiser
This collection of stories, while short (read in one sitting kind of short), also manages to be utterly captivating. The last story especially moved me, when Peter comes to the realization that he will at some point become a grown-up.

"Standing there that August evening between the two groups, the sea lapping round his bare feet, Peter suddenly grasped something very obvious and terrible: one day he would leave the group that ran wild up and down the beach, and he would join the group that sat an...more
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Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England. He studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970. He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

McEwan's works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last...more
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“If life was a dream, then dying must be the moment when you woke up. It was so simple it must be true. You died, the dream was over, you woke up. That's what people meant when they talked about going to heaven. It was like waking up.” 38 likes
“The trouble with being a daydreamer who doesn’t say much is that the teachers at school, especially those who don’t know you very well, are likely to think you’re rather stupid. Or, if not stupid, then dull. No one can see the amazing things that are going on in your head.” 6 likes
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