The Tightrope Walkers

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    IGNOU M.Com Study Material, IGNOU Books, Free Download Dom dreams of a life different in every way from his shipbuilder dad s, a life fashioned of words and images and story On the other hand, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the brutal charms of Vincent McAlinden, a complex bully who awakens something wild and reckless and killing in Dom In a raw and beautifully crafted bildungsroman,David Almond reveals the rich inner world of a boy teetering on the edge of manhood, a boy so curious and open to impulse that we fear for him and question his balance and ultimately exult in his triumphs."/>
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  • The Tightrope Walkers
  • David Almond
  • 17 February 2017
  • 0763673102

About the Author: David Almond

The Tightrope Walkers PDF Æ The Tightrope PDF \ tightrope download, walkers epub, The Tightrope ebok, The Tightrope WalkersThe Tightrope Walkers KindleDavid Almond is a British children s writer who has penned several novels, each one to critical acclaim He was born and raised in Felling and Newcastle in post industrial North East England The Tightrope PDF \ and educated at the University of East Anglia When he was young, he found his love of writing when some short stories of his were published in a local magazine He started out as an author of adult fiction before finding his niche writing literature for young adultsHis first children s novel, Skellig , set in Newcastle, won the Whitbread Children s Novel of the Year Award and also the Carnegie Medal His subsequent novels are Kit s Wilderness , Heaven Eyes , Secret Heart , The Fire Eaters and Clay His first play aimed at adolescents, Wild Girl, Wild Boy, toured in and was published in His works are highly philosophical and thus appeal to children and adults alike Recurring themes throughout include the complex relationships between apparent opposites such as life and death, reality and fiction, past and future forms of education growing up and adapting to change the nature of the self He has been greatly influenced by the works of the English Romantic poet William BlakeHe is an author often suggested on National Curriculum reading lists in the United Kingdom and has attracted the attention of academics who specialise in the study of children s literatureAlmond currently lives with his family in Northumberland, EnglandAwards Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing .


The Tightrope WalkersThe Tightrope Walkers PDF Æ The Tightrope PDF \ tightrope download, walkers epub, The Tightrope ebok, The Tightrope WalkersThe Tightrope Walkers KindleInternational award winner David Almond draws on memories of his early years in Tyneside, England, for a moving coming of age novel, masterfully toldA gentle visionary coming of age in the shadow of The Tightrope PDF \ the shipyards of northern England, Dominic Hall is torn between extremes On the one hand, he craves the freedom he feels when he steals away with the eccentric girl artist next door, Holly Stroud his first and abiding love to balance above the earth on a makeshift tightrope With Holly, Dom dreams of a life different in every way from his shipbuilder dad s, a life fashioned of words and images and story On the other hand, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the brutal charms of Vincent McAlinden, a complex bully who awakens something wild and reckless and killing in Dom In a raw and beautifully crafted bildungsroman,David Almond reveals the rich inner world of a boy teetering on the edge of manhood, a boy so curious and open to impulse that we fear for him and question his balance and ultimately exult in his triumphs.

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  1. Lauren says:

    Sometimes you pick up a book, and the language doesn t just draw you in it knocks you over completely The Tightrope Walkers is one of those books Told partially in Northern English dialect, the words roll over you until suddenly you ve completely convinced yourself that you could do the accent perfectly, you try it out later on your friends to find that you can t As the narrator says I loved the way the words moved in the air, the way they set up such rhythms and disturbances in my bodySometimes you pick up a book, and the language doesn t just draw you in it knocks you over completely The Tightrope Walkers is one of those books Told partially in Northern English dialect, the words roll over you until suddenly you ve completely convinced yourself that you could do the accent perfectly, you try it out later on your friends to find that you can t As the narrator says I loved the way the words moved in the air, the way they set up such rhythms and disturbances in my body and brain And I loved the silence afterwards, in which the words continued.The story is about Dominic Hall, the son of a ship corker As Dominic grows from a child into a man he s torn between the many worlds the people in his life represent The hardworking world of his father The rough and violent world of his friend Vincent McAlinden The world of poetry and music shown to him by Holly Stroud, the girl next door With its beautiful language, constantly surprising characterizations, and wonderfully realized world, The Tightrope Walkers is an absolute must readWords, he breathed to us all Words words words Ha

  2. Maciek says:

    I was born in a hovel on the banks of the Tyne, as so many of us were back thenThis is the second novel that I ve read by David Almond, and also his second novel for adult readers The first one which I read by him was Kit s Wilderness, which was a beautifully written coming of age story with suggestions of fantasy set in northern England Despite being marketed for younger audiences, I thought that the book can and should be read by adults as well I have truly enjoyed it and went intoI was born in a hovel on the banks of the Tyne, as so many of us were back thenThis is the second novel that I ve read by David Almond, and also his second novel for adult readers The first one which I read by him was Kit s Wilderness, which was a beautifully written coming of age story with suggestions of fantasy set in northern England Despite being marketed for younger audiences, I thought that the book can and should be read by adults as well I have truly enjoyed it and went into The Tightrope Walkers with high expectations.Interestingly enough this is actually the book via which I discovered David Almond I have read about it in The Guardian, where another author can t remember the name mentioned it as an example of a novel in which the prose really stood out, and the language conveyed the essence of time and place, meaning the English northeast The novel was highly praised for its achievement in this regard and I intended to read it first, but then I discovered Kit s Wilderness which stole my attention and made me eveneager to read this book Like Kit s Wilderness, The Tightrope Walkers is also set in the town of Tyneside in northern England, also based on the author s hometown of Newcastle The book is also a bildungsroman, though in this case the suggestion of fantasy and supernatural is entirely absent The story is concerned with and narrated by Dominic Hall, a young boy who grows up in a new housing estate in a city dominated by shipbuilding his father is a shipyard worker, and most of his neighbor s work in the shipyards in one form of another Dominic s family lives a rather modest existence, and the children of the estate struggle to find moments of happiness by playing together and having dreams Dominic dreams of becoming a writer He becomes friends with Holly Stroud, a draughtsman s daughter who also dreams of a different life, and wants them both to learn to walk on a tightrope But there s another figure which begins to influence Dominic s life and choices the mysterious and brooding bully, Vincent McAlinden, who possesses a dark charisma to which Dominic is growingandattracted to, despite not being able to understand it The tightrope is, of course, a metaphor for the situation in which Dominic finds himself in he must carefully walk between two major influences which aim to shape his character Throughout the novel Dominic literally and figuratively walks on this tightrope, trying to maintain his balance and not suffer a painful fall The choices are pretty clear Holly is the light innocent, hopeful and dreamy, whereas Vincent is the dark brooding, scary and cruel Besides their morality, there s also another aspect to these two characters they represent two different social classes Holly s father is a draughtsman, who can afford good wine and whose daughter can afford to have dreams, whereas McAlinden comes from a very poor, broken and downtrodden family which is struggling to survive As Dominic struggles with the nature of his own self and the forces that shape it, I felt that similar interest could have been given to the characters of McAlinden and Holly to see how their surrounding and social conditions have shaped them But this never really happens we are introduced to the characters are they are, and their backgrounds are presented to us but without much analysis of issues that affect them The class issue is there, but it s in the background, and the book never really does anything with it though maybe it never aimed to do that in the first place.As mentioned, the language if full of local dialect which works very well in conveying the sense of the setting and time a run down post war English town, where most of the people are blue collar industry workers and from which few manage to escape, and have to remain under the grey skies and live in the soot laden housing estates throughout all their lives While many undoubtedly dream big, only few manage to actually live big and live out their dreams The setting is grim, and so can be the book Dominic undergoes major changes in character throughout the book, but these changes are often so sudden and truth be told unconvincing, that they are hard to believe This is especially evident in the ending, which I found to be rather unexpected and disappointing view spoiler Dominic and Holly become a couple and have a baby, and decide to not go to a university even though they were accepted and instead stay in Tyneside to raise their child, with Dominic working a menial job at the shipyard, just like his father That both these characters so readily abandoned their dreams with such ease is just disheartening, and not what I wished for them hide spoiler To sum up this is in no way a terrible book, or even a bad book However, after Kit s Wilderness my expectations were set high, and in this case they were not completely met I don t think The Tightrope Walkers is as memorable as its predecessor, though I dearly wanted it to be It is a well written and engaging book, full of local lingo and atmosphere, but ultimately did not become thought provoking and even as memorable as its predecessor

  3. Elaine says:

    This is one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a long while Set in the 1960s on the Tyne, it is the story of Dominic and Holly Brought up on a brand new housing estate they have been best friends since the age of five They come from different backgrounds, Dominic being the son of a born and bred working class shipyard worker, as was his grandfather Holly is the daughter of a draughtsman at the shipyard Despite this, they are soul mates However, Dominic is constantly tempt This is one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a long while Set in the 1960s on the Tyne, it is the story of Dominic and Holly Brought up on a brand new housing estate they have been best friends since the age of five They come from different backgrounds, Dominic being the son of a born and bred working class shipyard worker, as was his grandfather Holly is the daughter of a draughtsman at the shipyard Despite this, they are soul mates However, Dominic is constantly tempted away from Holly by his friendship with local bad boy Vincent Macalinden If he stays loyal to Holly the world could be his oyster with grammar school and university in the offing If he sticks with the charismatic Vincent, then it is a life of crime, violence and probably jail As he journeys through his adolescence, Dominic constantly feels as if he is walking a symbolic tightrope in real life, as well as the tightrope strung up across the garden which he and Holly spent so long learning how to walk.The writing is at time witty, but also very poetic and vivid As I was reading I could almost see the story unfolding before me, as if I was watching a film I loved most of the characters, even Vincent, as they were so well drawn, they felt real and natural I say most of the characters because there was one particular teacher who I really, really would have liked to take the cane to myself I loved the way the estate aged over the story, from being brand new and spanking at the start of the story to the pebbledash walls beginning to crumble at the end it was little details like that, that just made me gasp a little, especially when I thought of the brand new tower blocks being built at the end of the book It is a story that has something of everything in it, at times quirky and charming, sad and poignant but at others quite savage.There are so many books in the world to be read, but this is definitely one of the few that I will keep and re read Highly recommended I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway Competition thanks to the publisher for a real treat of a read

  4. emily says:

    maybe 4.5 i don t know, putting a number rating on this book feels trivial and tedious this book was a total surprise over the summer i visited NYC, my favorite place in the world, and went to the Strand bookstore for the first time ever, my new favorite place inside my favorite place in the world i wanted to buy a book i had never heard of before and this was the one i grabbed off the shelves and carried home with me the writing in this book captured me immediately when you look at it maybe 4.5 i don t know, putting a number rating on this book feels trivial and tedious this book was a total surprise over the summer i visited NYC, my favorite place in the world, and went to the Strand bookstore for the first time ever, my new favorite place inside my favorite place in the world i wanted to buy a book i had never heard of before and this was the one i grabbed off the shelves and carried home with me the writing in this book captured me immediately when you look at it one sentence at a time it doesn t seem to be anythingtoospecial but when it s all strung together it quietly yet quickly creates such a strong atmosphere the story takes place in the north of England and the writing felt like a cloudy, harsh, cold place i felt the north in the words of the narrative i ve never been there, but i felt it that alone is incredible and it s so timeless, too it was hard to gauge when this story takes place it felt like it could have been any time at all, could have happened at any point in history slowly throughout the book little clues are given and by the end you have an idea, but the first 3 4 felt completely suspended in time i thought the magical, atmospheric writing was my favorite part of this book but it was really how it was completely character driven, which is not common in YA i guess you would call this YA, i don t know, i find labels like that really trivial now, too yes, it is set up that Main Character Dominic is from the north, his father s job is building ships, his town is grungy, and he s being pulled between a violent boy and a ethereal girl who both shape his life in drastic ways but that sit there s no real central conflict it s just Dom s life and how he shifts and changes as he grows and how these two kids impact his life in very different ways i guess it s about how we control our growth in some ways but we also control who we let into our lives and they affect how we grow, too and how we can have certain paths in our life, ways we re destined to be, ways we want to be, paths we mean to carve for ourselves but we never really know if we ll go down them or not everything depends on everything and nothing this was a quiet story Dominic doesn t save the world, he doesn t leave the country hell, he barely leaves his town , but he lived and that matters in itself

  5. Patricia says:

    This is the type of book I normally love, but I found it way too dark, violent and lacking in hope For one thing, I didn t believe the extreme changes that took place in Dominic s personality over such a short period of time, especially with a lack of impetus It would have been muchbelievable had these changes taken place later in Dominic s life, after having undergone a bit of trauma Anyway, after the first few chapters, I didn t much care for the characters and wasn t invested in what This is the type of book I normally love, but I found it way too dark, violent and lacking in hope For one thing, I didn t believe the extreme changes that took place in Dominic s personality over such a short period of time, especially with a lack of impetus It would have been muchbelievable had these changes taken place later in Dominic s life, after having undergone a bit of trauma Anyway, after the first few chapters, I didn t much care for the characters and wasn t invested in what happened to them

  6. Liesl says:

    Now this was interesting I read this along with The Ghosts of Heaven for my book club, and was really looking forward to The Ghosts of Heaven because I had loved Midwinterblood by Sedgwick, while this book I wascautious about since I had read Almond s Skellig and hadn t cared for it at all Yet I ended up feeling kinda mixed about TGoH and really enjoyed The Tightrope Walkers.I think the lack of magical realism in this, unlike Skellig, was a part of it, although the Jack character really Now this was interesting I read this along with The Ghosts of Heaven for my book club, and was really looking forward to The Ghosts of Heaven because I had loved Midwinterblood by Sedgwick, while this book I wascautious about since I had read Almond s Skellig and hadn t cared for it at all Yet I ended up feeling kinda mixed about TGoH and really enjoyed The Tightrope Walkers.I think the lack of magical realism in this, unlike Skellig, was a part of it, although the Jack character really reminded me of the character Skellig But I also loved Almond s writing and was surprised how quickly I read the book When I would read, I felt I was in Tyneside I could almost smell the shipyard I came to care for each of the characters, even Vincent McAlinden The part that really struck a chord with me was when his mom becomes ill view spoiler I knew, I knew she was going to die and just reading about it I imagined it as my own mother She had a somewhat similar decline and I could see, feel her in those pages It was already late at night but I had to keep reading through that section, had to witness how it played out It s been exactly a year since my mom passed away and it hadn t hit me that hard in awhile After reading those chapters, I put the book down and sobbed I knew how he felt I connected to how afterward both him and his father lose their faith and have anger with God It was all beautifully and perfectly written hide spoiler What kept me from giving this five stars was the ending view spoiler Not just because he and Holly didn t get out, although that was bittersweet, but also realistic, it was how it came about The whole scene with Vincent attacking them, and raping Holly it just didn t ring true to me Maybe I had come to care too much for Vincent and had hoped for some type of redemption hide spoiler

  7. Garry says:

    David Almond is one of my favorite authors Not one of my favorite YA authors One my favorites, period His language rich, resonant, musical with a bass note depth and sonority his characters dark, compelling, complicated, appealing and repelling his sense of place evocative, vivid, an elemental part of each story and his stories that balance hope and foreboding are among my favorites He is a true master That said, I found this a little disappointing After a very strong s David Almond is one of my favorite authors Not one of my favorite YA authors One my favorites, period His language rich, resonant, musical with a bass note depth and sonority his characters dark, compelling, complicated, appealing and repelling his sense of place evocative, vivid, an elemental part of each story and his stories that balance hope and foreboding are among my favorites He is a true master That said, I found this a little disappointing After a very strong start where Almond had all of his talent on display and perfectly deployed, the story lost its way at the end when things got a little rushed, the tight focus on the romantic triangle got hazy, and things just sort of drizzled to an ending Now, with THAT said, this book is still better than a good 85% of what is out there And for those who love Almond, you find here the same qualities and brilliance that draw you to all of his work

  8. Erika says:

    This is one of the most beautiful lyrical books I have ever read It grabbed me from page one and never let go It s also the best kind of beautiful to me, with so much of the beauty crumbling and still so much that is still beautiful And it s not even cheesy

  9. Lucy says:

    NOTES I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads programme and this review is also littered with spoilersBefore reading The Tightrope Walkers my sole knowledge of David Almond was derived from posters recommending his children s book Skellig which I d seen on many of the classroom walls I ve passed through in the eighteen years of my life Besides that I went into this blind besides a summary glance at the blurb of course and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised The coming NOTES I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads programme and this review is also littered with spoilersBefore reading The Tightrope Walkers my sole knowledge of David Almond was derived from posters recommending his children s book Skellig which I d seen on many of the classroom walls I ve passed through in the eighteen years of my life Besides that I went into this blind besides a summary glance at the blurb of course and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised The coming of age story set in a downtrodden area of the north could have been oh so grim, but Almond s ability to contrast the surroundings with his characters imaginations made this an evocative read As a person who always appreciates the nice, cheery, happy parts of novels, it was Dominic and Holly s friendship which really stood out from this story for me Their earnest practise on their homemade tightrope reminded me of the many summers I spend trying to perfect my own acrobatic manoeuvres in the back garden, and the escapism they managed to find from their troubles within their relationship once Dom had left McAlinden behind that is brightened their hard surroundings At the most joyful points they seemed to live almost in a world of illusion, far away from the harsh realities of work for their parents, though Dom s simultaneous pull towards this is also a clear driving force in the novel.The ending of this novel was unpleasant for me in two ways one which was clearly intended and the other a simple disappointment in where I had wanted the characters to go McAlinden s torture and rape of Dom and Holly respectively pierces their idealistic bubble which I had so enjoyed, and seem unexpected despite the clear warnings and hints of McAlinden s violent tendencies beforehand But their final happiness , their giving up of their university dreams and how easily they settle back into the life they longed to escape just frustrated me I m sure my own prejudices about what is desirable and worthwhile come into play here, but I had been waiting for the triumphant step of these two brave, bright young people in the world, ready to take on university and the rest of society in its turn I was ready for adventures and the ecstasy of finally experiencing freedom But instead they stayed put, had their child, and postponed their futures Maybe I m being harsh in fact I almost definitely am but that just wasn t the life I wanted for Dom and Holly after the tribulations of their childhoods This is a beautifully written story, engaging and thought provoking, but ultimately failing at the last moment to be truly satisfying Still, it s definitely worth a read

  10. Ms.Davies Librarian says:

    I won this book in a giveaway from Goodreads Penguin.This was a really beautiful book and I have to say probably now my favourite David Almond title.The book was fairly bleak at times, and very shocking There were some moments when I had to stop reading just to take in what had just happened I felt myself sure that Dominic would turn himself around and not take the dark path and.sometimes it didn t work out how I would have liked view spoiler Dom s mum dying hit me like a punch to the gu I won this book in a giveaway from Goodreads Penguin.This was a really beautiful book and I have to say probably now my favourite David Almond title.The book was fairly bleak at times, and very shocking There were some moments when I had to stop reading just to take in what had just happened I felt myself sure that Dominic would turn himself around and not take the dark path and.sometimes it didn t work out how I would have liked view spoiler Dom s mum dying hit me like a punch to the gut I could see it coming but her final moments without her husband made me weep hide spoiler I really believed in the relationship between Holly and Dominic, and I also really liked the relationship between him and his dad I feel that Almond painted a picture of a father son dynamic where neither person knew how to communicate with the other something which really rings true for me On the whole, the bleak parts were out weighed by the beautiful writing although I did really struggle with Vincent s final act of destruction I would really recommend this book, although perhaps only to my older students as I don t think younger students would find sixties Tyneside that appealing