Thursday, 24 March 2011
Carry Me Down by M. J. Hyland
I found this a difficult story to listen to. To me it felt that the adults were not listening to John. He didn't see anything as changing other than the fact that he was tall. He was still the same child he had been the day before, yet now his mom was pulling away and didn't want to be hugged. His teacher's were treating him differently than his fellow classmates who were smaller. Even his principal centred him out and had private discussions with John. Talk about making a kids feel odd and out of place.
Either I missed the back story of John entirely, or all the adults built a mountain out of a mole hill and they contrived to get John into an un-tenable position. I thought that John was normal and behaving like any boy his age and that it was the parents, and teachers that were behaving badly. They expected John to have troubles and by their erratic behaviours, John was forced into positions where he had to mis-behave to accommodate their pressures.
At the end of the book, I felt bad for John that his parents had put him through all those wild gyrations only to end up right back where they had started.
This unabridged version was read by Gerard Doyle. It is from Blackstone Audio and runs for 9 hours 28 minutes.
Author Maria Hyland's website
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Thank-you to Blackstone Audio for the cover photo.
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