Noah Barleywater Runs Away
"Not Everyone Grows Old At All."
The storyline centers around 8 year old Noah who decides early one morning to run away from home leaving his problems and fears behind. Traveling through the forest from village to village, he meets strange characters, talking animals and an extraordinary tree...or two.
We soon discover his reasons for...more
Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne is a magical work of art. What appears superficially to be just another juvenile adventure book, is, in truth, the most beautiful and deeply touching fairy tale I've had the pleasure of reading in a long time.
Noah is an extremely vulnerable and bright young boy, who, at the age of 8, have decided to escape from his home and his parents, in hope of experiencing some great, life-changing adventures. Or, should I say, this is what Noah convinces himself to ...more
I thought this book was a bit too random for starts. It was very imaginative, but sometimes a bit over the top. It's not very descriptive at all and sometimes the storyline became a bit boring, but the characters are interesting and kept me going throughout the book. Not a page turner for me but the characters and their personalities made up for that.
I fell in love with the innocence of Noah. The rest of the characters were a bi ...more
'I do sometimes, my boy,'admitted the old man. 'When I can't avoid it.”
John Boyne, Noah Barleywater Runs Away: A Fairytale
Now and again people talk about a children's (under 8s) book destined to be a modern classic, well this is easily the closest I've seen. A book that completely and snuggly fits into the European fairy tale cannon. A smart, inquisitive boy decides to run away from home, from little troubles and one overbearing big trouble. Via an almost magical real jour ...more
It is about Noah Barleywater, a child who has to face problems that may be beyond his years. To escape from his fears, Noah decides to run away and have some adventures. After all, he is already 8 and has ...more
Have you ever wondered what happened next in fairy tales? like what happened to red riding hood after the wolf's head was chopped off? or to Pinocchio? or maybe Hansel and Gretel?
this book, i found was like a more kiddish version of A Monster Calls, but still magical. i honestly loved how Boyne dealt with the issue of death, regrets, making the best of the life given and love in such an unassuming manner but yet it still managed to hit home.
and as an added benefit thi ...more
This story draws on the influence of many traditional tales, primarily Pinocchio, and is full of fantasy and magic. Through this medium, it considers the fullness o ...more
This was a nice read, with some funny but also some beautiful aspects in it.
I liked the main character, Noah. He is very intelligent for his age, but still in a funny-childish way, which makes him very likeable.
And, ohhh, at the very ending I realised this is actually a fairy-tale retelling! Oopss, can't believe I didn't notice this earlier...
This is a childrens book actually, so maybe this is why I found the pace of the story quite slow. I happened to be a little bit bored sometimes un ...more
This story is incredibly random. So random, in fact, I was surprised when the finale turned out ...more
the morale goes along the lines "care for loved ones while you're alive, later can be too late", but it's neither soggy, nor too mentoring. nice read for young teenagers (emotional education of sorts) and for adults - as a reminder. ...more
John Boyne is a great author. I definitely enjoyed this book despite being older than the actual target group. Some bits appeared quite slow to me, but the ending was absolutely stunning and made me glad to have picked up this book. It's safe to say that it's a retelling of sorts - but you'll have to read it yourself to find out. ...more
I knew that it would be good because John Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (WHICH IS THE SINGLE MOST DEPRESSING THING YOU WILL EVER READ. DO NOT APPROACH IT), but I wasn't expecting to be swept away by the story and characters as quickly as I was.
This, without the twisty twist at the end, would still be a fantastic book about sadness and hardships but with a little whimsy thrown in, BUT THEN THERE WAS THE TWISTY TWIST and it just m ...more
We start with Noah Barleywater , he's currently running away from home, he's soon drawn to a rickety, odd looking toy shop where he meets an old toymaker. They share stories together about being young and growing up.
One thing I noticed while reading this , is that the detail of the toy shop is beautiful, you hone ...more
Noah finds a strange village, and in that village, a toy shop. The toys are all made from wood and he soon meets the owner. This toy shop is like nothing he’s ever seen. The puppets seem alive!
Over the day the toy maker talks Noah into telling him why he ran away, and Noah also listens to the toymaker's story.
I loved this tale. I ...more
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He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he won the Curtis Brown prize. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEA.
John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults and five for young readers, as well as a collection of short stories.
His novel ...more