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La vie suspendue (Tobie Lolness #1)

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Se cachant au creux des écorces, courant parmi les branches, épuisé, les pieds en sang, Tobie fuit, traqué par les siens... Tobie Lolness ne mesure pas plus d'un millimètre et demi. Son peuple habite le grand chêne depuis la nuit des temps. Parce que son père a refusé de livrer le secret d'une invention révolutionnaire, sa famille a été exilée, emprisonnée. Seul Tobie a pu ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published June 23rd 2007 by Gallimard Jeunesse (first published 2006)
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May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I consider this a literary masterpiece.De Fombelle not only creates a new world,he creates a while we category.Imagine the world as the 'Tree' and the 'Grass'.The possibilities are endless;lichen forests,tamed insects,bark caves e.t.c.This is the dystopian story of Toby Lolness,where his life is turned upside down,with the whole tree against him and his family for crimes they did not commit and a secret that could change the very tree forever.One by one his links to life snap,Leo blue his best f ...more
Erin Sterling
A fascinating fantasy world about tree people with nice allegories to earth. When you first meet Toby, he is on the run--from his former friends, life, everything. He doesn't even know where his parents are. As the story unravels, you learn that Toby lives in the Tree but his family was forced out of the Upper Branches to the bleak Lower Branches because his dad was a scientist who refused to reveal a secret that could destroy the lives of them all. An evil and greedy man has become dictator and ...more
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge
This is one of my favourite reads so far this year. I must have borrowed this book about 4 times before I actually read it. When I finally did open it, I could hardly put it down. I am planning on making my kids read it, through gentle suggestion and subliminal messages, of course :) Toby Alone also fits beautifully into my environmental awareness program - the one I now plan to start!

Essentially the story of a boy abandonded by his people, Toby Alone touches on several universal themes includin
Tom Atkinson
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this at the recommendation of a, then fellow trainee now qualified, teacher and could not get enough. It's a beautiful story which really touched me, more so than I expected. It was a delight to be exposed to a story I may not have been drawn to otherwise. The dystopian tree society is a lovely backdrop to an enticing story of friendship and heroism. Thank you Lucy.
Minh Trang
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cuốn sách khá dày, nhưng mình đã đọc hết trong vòng 10 tiếng :)) Ban đầu, câu chuyện mang hơi hướng của Đồi thỏ, với cuộc phiêu lưu của những nhân vật trốn chạy khỏi chính đồng bào của mình. Nhưng câu chuyện của Tobie gay cấn hơn câu chuyện của "bè lũ Cây Phỉ" trong Đồi thỏ, vì trong phần lớn thời gian chạy trốn, Tobie chỉ có một mình...

Mình thích cách xây dựng nhân vật và bối cảnh của tác giả: những con người nhỏ bé, cao từ 1 đến 2 ly, sống trên một cái cây xanh tên Đại Thụ. Đại Thụ như Trái Đ
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This one was recommended to me by one of my best friends, and I really enjoyed it a lot!
At first I was a little disturbed by the fact that we start the story in a tragic violent moment, but just one chapter further I became completely hooked by the adventures of Tobie.
The ideals and reflexions behind the story suit me perfectly and I found a lot of poetic and quite smart quotes in this book. I even shared some tears, it was beautifully written.
I'm impatient to read the second book!
Stephen Connor
Toby is just 1 and 1/2 millimetres tall - the world in which he lives is simply a tree, brought to life in intricate detail by de Fombelle - every detail of the Tree has a part to play as Toby journeys through, trying to find himself while escaping the clutches of Joe Mitch. Mitch, for me, is a Donald Trump kind of character, obsessed as he is with power and also turning a blind eye to to the ecological impact of his actions.

I have to admit I’ve struggled through this a bit. Toby’s journey is a
Dec 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I love this type of story but found this flat, dull and disappointing and a slog to read.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elimden bırakamadım.
I could hardly put it down.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was told of this book by a friend maybe five years ago. I read the book then, and I remember enjoying it. Recently, I found the book around my house and decided to reread the book because it's just such a cool concept. As you might know by now, I really exclusively read fantasy. This book's "net" to catch you in is that one meter in our world is about one millimeter in their world, and they live on a tree. This concept is just very original and is so intriguing. And boy, I'm glad that I read i ...more
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As a child...
Timothee de Fombelle was born in the heart of Paris in 1973, but often accompanied his architect father on his travels to Africa. Each summer his family left for the countryside (the west of France), where the five brothers and sisters lived like wild horses, making huts in the trees, playing in the river and losing themselves in the woods. In the evening they performed plays for the
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“Little tree filled his lungs with the white airness of the night, as if he were going to fly.
The living voice of his parents. Elisha's eyes. These were reasons enough to set off on another adventure.
Reasons to be Toby Lolness again.”
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