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10 thoughts on “The Mouse and His Child

  1. says:

    Simply stunning the story of a wind up mouse his son and their adventures in the cold mean world beyond the nursery This is no Velveteen Rabbit, however After being thrown out in the trash and fixed by a transient, the clockwork toys find themselves enslaved to a greedy rat who rules the dump on the edge of town Although they eventually manage to escape his clutches, the rat doggedly follows them as they bumble from crisis to crisis, dependent on the mercies of the strangers they meet to wind up their clockwork and keep them moving I loved this book because of the humanity of these characters their emotions run the gamut tired, scared, exasperated, hopeful, despondent, sentimental, joyous, and so on The relationship between the father mouse and his son is realistic and touching Beyond the adventures and narrow escapes from the evil rat, there is profound philosophy to be found in these pages The big questions are here what is the purpose of life what is beyond the great beyond how do we continue to soldier on in the face of constant defeat and despair But there are no pat and simple answers here And the writing is simply beautiful I found myself needing to slow down and drink in Hoban s imagery, as much as I wanted to skip ahead and find out what happened next.I never read this book as a child, and I am envious of those who grew up with it because it seems to me to be the sort of book that takes on different meaning and gains resonance for the reader as she grows up I m looking forward to reading it again in a few years.

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    Russell Hoban is one of those authors I probably haven t given enough of a chance I ve read one book of his I really loved Amaryllis Night and Day , one I did not get on with at all The Medusa Frequency , and bits and pieces of a third which, while very, very interesting, would feel like an intellectual exercise than an entertainment no matter who was writing it Riddley Walker Over all of them looms the shadow of The Mouse and His Child, an existentialist children s fantasy that I first encountered as an unforgettably dark and uncompromising cartoon before rediscovering it as an even darker and uncompromising novel.Yeah Yeah.It s pretty clear to me, at this point, that Hoban must have been an exceptionally smart man, and possessed of an exceptional mind to be able to think up even that handful of stories which regardless of whether I liked them or not are all pretty startlingly varied and original pieces of writing Based on that one fact, you d think it would be clear that I should read of his work Yet as I sat re reading The Mouse and His Child, it occurred to me that there is an increasingly clear separation in my mind between great writers and great storytellers For a long time, I ve thought that there are many great storytellers L Frank Baum, for instance, being a wonderful example within the children s literature genre who are not particularly great writers They don t write overly memorable prose and may even have a tin ear for dialogue, but their sheer ability to carry you along in a story renders them able to tell you, sometimes, roughly the same story again and again and again, and you never get bored Now I m starting to think that the opposite can be true there are great writers in the world, commanders of language, theme and style, who are confoundingly so smart or so full of a need to communicate an idea that it gets in the way of telling an entertaining story I say this, specifically, because all the way through The Mouse and His Child I admired Hoban s actual writing He has a really ingenious way of putting across a fairly sideways point of view in a deceptively straightforward way There are some incredibly vivid images in the story, both terrifying and beautiful, and the questions Hoban asks of the reader are vivid enough to have stuck with me than twenty years There s just one problem.I did not enjoy reading this book I really, really did not enjoy reading this book. A large part of that, admittedly, is the tone This is, for a large portion of its proceedings, a very grim children s story It is about suffering, pain, loss of family, pursuit, torture, and sudden death Perhaps importantly, the quest for individual identity self winding that serves as the book s focus is so startlingly different from other children s literature, so reflective and melancholy, as to actually be haunting This is heavy, heady stuff You can tell palpably that it is written by someone who fought in war Sometimes, it just feels relentless Some of the novel s eccentricities, though, come off like the favored children of a first time novelist, and those can just become annoying I can t for the life of me figure out, for instance, why Hoban stops the story dead for a prolonged satire of Waiting for Godot, or why the Muskrat s peculiar much and little algebraic equations cog plus key equals winding are drummed quite so hard into the dialogue of the second half of the book The Last Visible Dog symbolism, while certainly effective, also feels incredibly heavy handed, especially in the undersea sequence It s all there to support the existentialist theme in fact, it s impossible to understand these elements any other way but in an already very depressing story, that uncomfortable feeling that you are being lectured at by someone who desperately wants you to understand his message is just about enough to make me put the book down and walk away And I did Several times.So where does that leave me with The Mouse and His Child I m really not sure I respect it, and , I find myself respecting Hoban for his unique vision I find it a nearly impossible book to recommend, though Unlike many readers, I wouldn t call it magical That s too light, too pleasant, too sweet I would call it a very original work that also happens to be overwhelmingly sad and wistful Hoban s world is not a world I want to revisit, probably ever again I already know it s a world I can t forget.

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    Don t be misled by this book s cover, with its gentle picture of a windup toy mousehand in hand with his small son The Mouse and His Child is and isn t a children s book but it is not recommended for the soft hearted of any age The title characters, a mouse and his child, are toys who seem quite astonished to find themselves in the world, moving from a toyshop to display items under a Christmas tree to, quite suddenly, the dump Despite his father s doubts, despite the adversity of the world including the wicked Manny Rat, the child holds onto and attempts to realize his dream of finding and making his toyshop companions, a windup elephant and a windup seal, his mother and sister, and finding and making the toyshop s dolls house his family home I m making it sound much treacly than it is, however There is hope and redemption in this story, but there is also cruelty and death Like most good children s stories, it can be read simply as a wonderful adventure if you are ten or as a sophisticated fantasy with clever dialogue and deep meaning if you are twenty I liked it so much that I went right back and read it again when I finished I would caution against reading by or with the most sensitive of readers.

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    This is another book in my desultory campaign to re read books that I liked in childhood and see if they stand up to adult scrutiny THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT GOODREADS CENSORSHIP POLICYSee the complete review here

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    Ive just re read this wonderful book and this time it resonates even than it did when I read it to my 9 year old son He doesn t remember it, and I think now that he was too young for it and another few years would have made tremendous difference to his understanding of the themes, but might also have made him wary of reading a story about talking clockwork toys Now he s in his thirties, I think I ll give him a copy of his own.Everyone should read the story of the clockwork mouse and his child, the child who never gives up hope of a family and house of their own Despite terrible mishaps, being caught in the middle of others battles for territory there s a lot about territory , and pursued by the ruthless Manny Rat, the two find friends as they journey, and all ends well, even for Manny Rat.It s a story of quiet heroism, lively adventure, brilliantly plotted and very funny thank you Stephen for putting me in mind of it again.

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    A pair of toy mice go on a quest for a home, pursued by an evil rat I read a blog post about this which made me want to read it, and I thought it might be a good introduction to Hoban s adult books It s a melancholy book with lots of death and I know it would have been too dark for me as a child It s beautifully written and the helplessness and persistence of the mouse and his child give it the central effect of tenderness and wistfulness There s some nice humorous bits about absurdist crow theatre etc This did the epic journey genre really well for me children s stories about toys are good like that, looking back, because you have to emphasise the characters combination of helplessness with adventurousness and rely on happenstance to move them around It makes the world seem big.Definitely the kind of children s book that adults wax lyrical about but isn t really for kids, though.

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    I m finally finished It took me a year to read this At first I loved it Then I felt it got stodgy and seemed a bit of a ramble and I set it aside But the plight of the mouse and his child kept nagging at me to return I m so happy I did The last third is the best third problems are resolved and friends reunited and enemieswell, I m not going to ruin it for you In the end this proved to be rewarding and uplifting.

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    Existential nihilism for kids Sounds like I m joking, and I m totally not I first read this book when I was maybe 8 or 10, and it s the first time I remember realizing that literature could be SO much than just a fun story On the surface, it s a story about a windup mouse and his son attempting to find their place in a world after being broken and thrown away They have adventures with various animals in a variety of environments town dump, bottom of a pond, etc all while being pursued by an evil rat bent on destroying them.Under the surface, it s sooo very much It s got subtle puns, like Harold and the Purple Crayon on psychedelics It s got nihilistic philosophy summed up in the form of a dog food can It s got an experimental theatrical group composed of crows It s got a running gag that contrasts pure thought with practical application It s got a theistic allegory with the father and son What is light, without darkness What hope can we have to control our own destiny, when our place in the grand scheme of things is infinitesimal What does it truly mean to be self winding And it s all wrapped up in some of the most gorgeous prose you can imagine Reading this to my seven year old was an absolute delight, and I hope to revisit it again a few years from now At this point it was mostly just a grand story to him, but there were a few truly deep moments he grasped, such as the brutally humorous cycle of life depicted when the dramatic war between the shrews ends abruptly with all of them being eaten by a pair of weasels out for a light dinner who are then in turn picked up by an owl for his supper He could FEEL that there was lurking beneath the surface he understood that the Bonzo dog food can MEANT something, and we had a really good discussion about what it represented This was, is, and will continue to be one of my absolute, all time favorite reads.

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    Fey Hoban all Hoban has an element of fey ness in his work Not terribly overwhelming at least to me , but it s part of what makes Hoban Hoban As far as I m concerned It s obviously related to his children s books So it might be said that he also wrote children s books for adults Which some adults including me enjoy very much indeed Because in addition to the fey, there s also a no holds barred imagination and insistent refusal to obey any of the standard rules of adult fiction Which is all to the good Some of his works I can t place I really don t know whether The Mouse and His Child is for children or adults It could well be for both Having only encountered Hoban as an adult, and not having read any of his obviously for children books, I can t say They work for me They open new doors They present me with possibilities of which I haven t thought I first met Hoban in Woolworth s a ways back Back when all small towns had a Woolworth s all long since gone Among their other treasures not least that lunch counter , our Woolworth s had a fifty cent remainder bin which, unlike most remainder bins today, actually had remainders of at times good books Going through it sometime in the late seventies, I found a copy minus dust jacket of something called Kleinzeit by someone named Russell Hoban I started reading and was captivated and paid my fifty cents Kleinzeit What a wonderful introduction to Hoban An entry door Still have it, along with what must be about half his adult stuff The London tube Street musicians What must it have been like to actually be Hoban To inhabit his head How did he do it How could he see things in this way

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    I picked up this book pretty much at random Frances the Badger was one of my constant and best friends as a child, but I knew nothing about this one and had no expectations either good or bad.Wow This is one of the best novels I ve ever read.I don t rate books on this site very often simply because I forget, but I felt impelled to rate The Mouse and His Child You have to read this, I don t care who you are.Hoban manages to reinvent the Classical epic genre instead of a hero trying to get home, you get animals some of them toys, others real looking for a homeland The author doesn t try to make the world less dark than it is There s violence, double crossing, eccentricity, death, and sorrow aplenty, mixed with some of the most poetic prose in all of literature and a fair amount of genuinely funny humor.There isn t a scrap of cheesiness here I cried as I read the final page because it ended so beautifully This is a true work of art.Is it for kids Not all kids, certainly This is a dark book, but it doesn t end dark, and there s plenty kids will enjoy But whether you read it as a child or as an adult, The Mouse and His Child needs to be on your list.

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