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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean

by David Almond

The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2014, 272 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2015, 272 pages

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Sharry Wright

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Told in a dazzling voice, this intriguing novel explores questions of morality, sexuality and war all while delivering an immensely readable story.

The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean is the mesmerizing coming-of-age journey of an unusual boy born in an extreme and chaotic time. The first and most impressive element of this story is the way author David Almond uses voice and language to create a spellbinding mood. Billy, the protagonist and narrator, has a dialect reminiscent of Russell Hoban's Ridley Walker – combining poor spelling skills and a unique view of things with a phonetic transliteration of a Geordie (an English dialect) accent. As readers, we must decipher the words, read slowly, let the sound and voice and story slowly seep in.

This tail is told by 1 that died at birth by 1 that came into the world in days of endless war & at the moment of disaster. He grew in isolayshon wile the enjins of destrucshon flew & smoke rose over the sitys & wile wilderness & waste crept all acros the world. He grew up with ...

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