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If I Fall, If I Die: A Novel av Michael…
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If I Fall, If I Die: A Novel (utgåvan 2015)

av Michael Christie (Författare)

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Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. Their world is rich and loving, full of art, experiments, and music - but confined to their small house. But Will's thirst for adventure can't be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally ventures outside. With the help of an artistic loner who introduces Will to the high-flying freedom of skateboarding, Will is pulled far from the confines of his closed-off world and thrust headfirst into the throes of early adulthood and the dangers that everyday life offers. In buoyant, kinetic prose, Michael Christie has written an emotionally resonant and keenly observed novel about mothers and sons, fears and risks, and the lengths we'll go for those we love.… (mer)
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Titel:If I Fall, If I Die: A Novel
Författare:Michael Christie (Författare)
Info:Hogarth (2015), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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If I Fall, If I Die av Michael Christie

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It was a good book that I really had to concentrate on if I was going to keep up with what was going on... ( )
  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have no idea what I just read. I don't know what the point was, I didn't like the multiple POVs, I don't understand the direction the story took, I just wish I had never started this book to begin with. Really wordy yet says nothing all at the same time. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
Such a disappointment after reading Greenwood, which I loved. Boy whose mom is agoraphobic so she keeps him inside. ( )
  JRlibrary | Mar 31, 2021 |
More of a 3.5, but on the 4 side. An interesting concept that could have used more mystery to propel it, but overall the characters were interesting, and the little boy didn't annoy me, which says something because I don't usually like books about 12-year-olds. It definitely lagged in places, but also had moments of real excitement and insight. A creative coming-of-age story and portrait of agoraphobia. ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie, is a story that made me wonder about weird things. Things, I regret to say, that aren't particularly nice. With an agoraphobic mother, Will has been sheltered from the world for most of his life. It's so bad, that he doesn't call a bathroom a bathroom, but instead it's Venice. Every room in his house is named after a city in the world. He's pale, he wears a helmet, his mother fears death to such an extent that poor Will has to suffer the consequences of her inadequate parenting. And yes, I feel her parenting is inadequate, because 1.) she hasn't prepared Will for the real world, and 2.) she hasn't once, in her whole life, really been honest with him either.

Is this situation, in some way, child abuse?

I feel it is an indirect form of it, which is possibly why I couldn't enjoy If I Fall, If I Die as much as I wished I could.

Don't get me wrong, the writing was great, the editing, too. It's simply the subject matter that's got me wondering. The character growth wasn't too bad either, really. After all, Will does find his way. Still, I would've strangled his mother if she lived on my street.

I might not have enjoyed If I Fall, If I Die as much as I should have, but the book was still a good read. Folks who are in the mood for a contemporary read with a twist will enjoy it a lot, but if you're one to read deeper into the lives of fictional characters - and easily angered by the way parents raise their kids - then give this one a miss.

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  MoniqueSnyman | Oct 3, 2019 |
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Still, “If I Fall, If I Die” is not intended exclusively as a meditation on Will’s difficult childhood in Thunder Bay. It’s also a bit of a connect-the-dots detective story that concerns, among other things, stolen garden hoses, missing children and mysterious strangers.
 
This atmospheric work of gritty realism explores themes of class mobility, self-determination, and the impact of mental illness, but the complex plot hinges upon extraordinary coincidences that strain credulity...Christie is particularly strong in handling the complexities of character, carefully exploring the psyches of two trapped individuals in a manner that recalls Emma Donoghue’s Room....The book also suffers in a couple of key sequences because unnatural stretches of dialogue serve to overtly explain aspects of plot or character development.
Still, Christie does an effective, moving job of illuminating how his novel’s unusual events leave his characters changed.
 
Do we really have nothing to fear but fear itself? Perhaps—but, as the characters in Canadian writer Christie’s deftly written first novel instruct us, our worries, even though debilitating, may not be altogether groundless....Dark, threatening, dislocating and altogether brilliant
 
Christie’s heavy use of imagery in this novel reflects the kind of writing favoured by MFA programs (he obtained his from the University of British Columbia) and sometimes proves muddled: “When the Black Lagoon came, when its bear trap was sprung upon her heart . . .” Yet he writes well about what he knows.....

Unfortunately, Christie turns the Marcus connection from facilitator of an original coming-of-age story to its very focus; he bogs down Will and Jonah in a plot (of young adult literature calibre) concerning Marcus’s ties to mobsters illegally fermenting and smuggling grain alcohol. The author even weaves in an unnecessary subplot about the fate of Diane’s long-lost brother and his best friend.

But no matter; there’s still plenty to enjoy here. If I Fall, If I Die is a sort of Alice in Wonderland in reverse, where a kid from a place where fantasy reigns clambers out of his rabbit hole and emerges, awestruck, into the real world.
 
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The boy stepped Outside, and he did not die.
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Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. Their world is rich and loving, full of art, experiments, and music - but confined to their small house. But Will's thirst for adventure can't be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally ventures outside. With the help of an artistic loner who introduces Will to the high-flying freedom of skateboarding, Will is pulled far from the confines of his closed-off world and thrust headfirst into the throes of early adulthood and the dangers that everyday life offers. In buoyant, kinetic prose, Michael Christie has written an emotionally resonant and keenly observed novel about mothers and sons, fears and risks, and the lengths we'll go for those we love.

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