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Breaktime AND Dance on my Grave (The Dance Sequence)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  88 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In Breaktime, Ditto challenges Morgan to prove that literature is crap and triggers off a chain of events to alter his outlook of life forever. Ditto faces a series of charges from Morgan against literature: that all fiction is Done. Finished. Dead; a sham and a pretence. He undertakes faithfully to record a life in the week of Ditto - with all the chaos of reality thrown ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published January 4th 2007 by Definitions (first published January 1st 1978)
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The story is good - not brilliant, but still witty, interesting and exciting. But what was brilliant, was Chambers playing with literature, writing in all different kind of styles, depending what suited Ditto best. And that seemed so true to me, because that is the same what happens in my journal. Sometimes punctuation seems unnecessary and sometimes it's very necessary and sometimes just dialogue works best and sometimes we need description.

Very very good. I'm looking forward to his other book
After reading CORDELIA KENN, I decided to go back to the beginning, and read Aidan Chambers' YAs from first to last. BREAKTIME was Chambers' first, characteristic of the innovation and experimentation taking place in the genre during the 1970's. A first read for me, not having encountered Chambers as a teen myself.

17-year-old Ditto is challenged by his best friend Morgan to prove that literature can still play a meaningful role in a contemporary world in which film and television have taken over
Two wonderful novels for young adults. I was much too young when I read Dance on My Grave the first time, twelve or thirteen I think, and a lot of it was over my head. But memories of it have stayed with me for over a quarter of a century, and I'm glad to rediscover it as an adult. I strongly recommend both it and Breaktime, which I've just read for the first time.
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Born near Chester-le-Street, County Durham in 1934, Chambers was an only child, and a poor scholar; considered "slow" by his teachers, he did not learn to read fluently until the age of nine. After two years in the Royal Navy as part of his National Service, Chambers trained as a teacher and taught for three years at Westcliff High School in Southend on Sea before joining an Anglican monastery in ...more
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