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The Savage by David Almond
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Feb 11, 12

Read in February, 2012

A boy loses his father to a heart attack and he and his mum and little sister are left to deal with the grief. He's also being bullied at school. He's told to write about it as it might ease his grief but instead writes a novel entitled "The Savage". But suddenly the things he writes about happen in real life and he's left to wonder if his character, the Savage, has come to life.

David Almond writes an interesting novella that's obviously aimed at a different audience to me (late twenties) and more at those around 10-12 years old. I was attracted because I'm a fan of Dave McKean's art and it's the best thing about this book, very dark and expressive but a lot less abstract than his Sandman covers.

I liked the ambiguity of whether the Savage was real or whether the boy had assumed the persona of his character and become a dual person, kind of like the protagonist of "Fight Club". It's an interesting quick read with some great art that any teen would enjoy reading.

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