The Daydreamer, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


In these seven interlinked stories the grown-up Peter reveals the secret journeys, metamorphoses and adventures of his childhood.

Living somewhere between dream and reality Peter experiences magical transformations when he swaps bodies with William, the family cat, the baby Kenneth and, in the final story, wakes up as a twelve-year-old inside a grown-up body and experiences the adventure of falling in love.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages, 16 illustrations
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780099590613



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The world of small children is essentially illogical, chaotic and distorted. That is the lasting appeal of Alice in Wonderland.Ian McEwan achieves something very similar in The daydreamer. However, McEwan's book is too dense, and too difficult to make it as enjoyable and relaxing as Alice in Wonderland, perhaps because the Vintage edition is not illustrated. The little boy in the book, Peter, also seems more world-wise than Alice, or his name-sake Peter Pan.Reading a children's book requires quite some patience, and the willingness to enter the world of children. In that sense, The daydreamer does not seem as accessible as other children's books.

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