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Notre petite vie cernée de rêves
Albert Scully is the quintessential miserable teenager. He considers himself the "All-American" failure until he meets Mrs. Orpha Woodfin, an eighty-year-old neighborhood eccentric who helps him to see the value of being an individual. Originally published in 1968 - the same year as Paul Zindel's The Pigman and the year after S.E. Hinton's The Outsider - The Dream Watcher ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published August 2008 by Editions Thierry Magnier
(first published 15th 1968)
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Ce roman devrait se lire à tous les âges, car il vous donne une confiance en vous et vous ouvre les yeux sur ce qui est bon et beau. La relation naissante entre Albert et sa voisine met du baume au coeur, cela rappelle Harold et Maud. On assiste à des échanges passionnants sur la littérature et le théâtre, c'est grandiose. Et en-deçà il y a la petite vie étriquée du garçon et de sa famille. C'est laid, assez triste et pathétique mais cela apporte du poids à l'ambition cachée de Mme Woodfin, qu'o ...more
A sweet, touching YA novel from 1969, apparently one of the earliest of the genre. An aimless, miserable teenage boy named Albert Scully meets and befriends an eccentric old woman who teaches him the importance of life dreams and subsequently, a few things about self-esteem. I enjoyed it; perhaps the Lessons Learned here have been taught many, many times in very many YA stories since, but there's a sincerity and simplicity of feeling here that I found winning.
Barbara Wersba was born in Chicago, moved to California, and then to New York City. She attended Bard College, and after graduating returned to Greenwich Village to study acting with Paul Mann. She received an honorary doctorate from Bard. In 1994, Wersba founded The Bookman Press, a small-press publishing company. She lives in Sag Harbor, New York.More about Barbara Wersba...